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

A Fairy Tale/Dream – a Source of Poetic Inspiration for Ioseb Grishashvili

Tamar Barbakadze
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2020-10-20


  • Ioseb Grishashvili,
  • A Fairy-tale/Dream


One of the sources of Ioseb Grishashvili’s poetic inspiration – a fairy tale/dream is a result of his fascination with Akaki Tsereteli’s poetry, on the one hand and, on the other, his passion for Eastern and European literature.

The word dream appears in the titles of many of I. Grishash-vili’s poems [“The Dreaming Boy” (1909), “Dream” (1910), “Forest Tale” (1947), etc.].

I. Grishashvili’s poem “A Fairy Tale in Hammok” (1914) is an example of so-called plot lyrics. The story-in verse begins with a small introduction arranged in short lines (4, 4/4).

The process of transforming the eternal struggle between dream and reality, good and evil into the beauty of suffering was also reflected by the versified fairy tale in the legacy of the great Georgian poet of the 20th century.