Vol. 14 (2020): XIV International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Studies : The Silk Road Countries` Folklore
History and Collective Memory

Polish “Caucasian Poets” – Collectors of Georgian Folklore

Maria Filina
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Published 2020-10-20


  • Georgian-Russian Literary Relations,
  • Polish ,
  • Collectors of Georgian Folklore


The exiled Poles expanded the ideas of their compatriots about the Caucasus in the 1830 1840. The leading Polish writers were interested in the folklore of Caucasus and writed its samples – legends and poetic examples of Georgian folklore.

Some samples were recorded by the Poles earlier than Georgian and North Caucasian scientists. Most of the samples of folklore are given in the book by Mateush Gralewski “The Caucasus”. Gralevsky retells legends, and also cites poetic samples in his translation.

The work of Polish writers on Caucasian folklore was episodic in nature, but they aroused the interest to it among European writers and scholars of the next generations.