Yakub Kolas

Yakub Kolas (also Jakub Kołas, , – August 13, 1956), real name Kanstancin Mickievič (Міцке́віч Канстанці́н Міха́йлавіч) was a Belarusian writer, People’s Poet of the Byelorussian SSR (1926), and member (1928) and vice-president (from 1929) of the Belarusian Academy of Sciences. In his works, Yakub Kolas was known for his sympathy towards the ordinary Belarusian peasantry. This was evident in his pen name ‘Kolas’, meaning ‘ear of grain’ in Belarusian. He wrote collections of poems Songs of Captivity (1908) and Songs of Grief (, 1910), poems A New Land (, 1923) and Simon the Musician (, 1925), stories, and plays. His poem The Fisherman’s Hut (, 1947) is about the fight after unification of Belarus with the Soviet state. His trilogy At a Crossroads (1954) is about the pre-Revolutionary life of the Belarusian peasantry and the democratic intelligentsia. He was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1946 and 1949. In honor of Yakub Kolas, a square and a street in the center of Minsk bear his name. Category:1882 births Category:1956 deaths Category:People from Stoŭbtsy Category:People from Minsk Governorate Category:Communist Party of the Soviet Union members Category:Members of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union Category:Belarusian writers Category:Belarusian poets Category:Belarusian-language writers Category:Socialist realism writers Category:Academicians of the Byelorussian SSR Academy of Sciences Category:Stalin Prize winners Category:Recipients of the Order of Lenin, five times Category:Recipients of the Order of the Red Banner Category:Recipients of the Order of the Red Banner of Labour