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Ilya Petrovich Krivosheev — poet and teacher: (To the 125th anniversary of his birth)


Katorova A. M.



The main milestones of the life and creative path of one of the founders of Mordovian literature Ilya Petrovich Krivosheev are revealed in the article, as well as his role in the formation of poetic creativity in the Erzya-Mordovian language, which was based on the traditions of national folklore and the experience of creating works by leading Russian writers is emphasized. Krivosheev’s poetic legacy nowadays consists of 17 collections, which include poems for children and adults. The most common themes in them are nature, the beauty of the surrounding world, a happy childhood, building a new life, protecting the Motherland from fascists during the Great Patriotic War. The disadvantages of the first works include the poet’s fascination with sound recording and interjections, excessive interest in form to the detriment of content. In the early 1930s, after critical remarks addressed to him, Ilya Petrovich gradually moved away from such an approach to the representation of reality that allowed him to create poems with artistic and aesthetic value. Subsequently, the best of them were included in school programs on Mordovian literature.


Keywords: poet, teacher, Mordovian literature, folklore traditions in literature, poem, landscape and patriotic lyrics, collection of works


For citation: Katorova AM. Ilya Petrovich Krivosheev — poet and teacher: (To the 125th anniversary of his birth). Center and Periphery. 2023;18(4):86—92. EDN CLAOTU





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Information about the author:

Alexandra M. Katorova, Leading Researcher of Department of Literature and Folklore of the Research Institute of the Humanities by the Government of the Republic of Mordovia (3 L. Tolstogo Str., Saransk 430005, Russia), Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6195-1171, amkatorova@mail.ru


Conflict of interests: the author declares no conflict of interests.


The author has read and approved the final version of the manuscript.


The article was submitted 26.07.2023; approved after reviewing 04.09.2023; accepted for publication 12.09.2023.