Elene Dariani-Bakradze - Georgian woman behind the famous erotic poems?
01 March, 2016
Elene Dariani-Bakradze - Georgian woman behind the famous erotic poems?
Elene Bakradze, this is the name of Georgian historical woman who is still unknown to many and whose personality has been surrounded with some kind of mystery. As some of the sources state, she is the author of the set of poems entitled “Dariani Cycle" that was included in the book of outstanding Georgian poet Paolo Iashvili. Until now it was considered that these 14 poems published under the pseudonym Elene Dariani belonged to Paolo ,the member
of famous group of Georgian symbolist poets named Blue Horns, yet recently this theory was put under the doubt by some researchers. geotv.ge

According to one of the versions and the archive materials that were later discovered, in reality Elene Bakradze and Elene Dariani were the same person, who in fact was a close friend of the avant-garde poets group. The collection of poems “Dariani Cycle" stood out for their boldness and openly described female erotic fantasies and romantic thoughts that were not acceptable from a woman back then. It has been considered by many that this was the very reason why the female writer did not dare to publish her rhymes including the famous one In the Pyramids under her name and instead they were listed among Paolo’s rhymes.

It is difficult to firmly say whether this courageous and extravagant lady was the real author of those open and progressive poems, however it is a fact that there is some mysterious connection between these two persons. Let’s hope that this issue will be further studied and the truth will be soon uncovered.

Unlike her husband and many of her friends, Elene survived the Stalinist repressions. For a long time she worked as a teacher at the Literary Institute. Elene passed away at the age of 82 in 1979. In addition it is noteworthy that Elene Bakradze was included in the list of 50 19th-20th century Georgian women artists, poets, writers and public figures who contributed to the Georgian society through their work.

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