Maksym Rylsky

Maksym Rylsky's grave in Baikove Cemetery, Kiev, Ukraine.

Maksym Tadeyovych Rylsky (Ukrainian: Максим Тадейович Рильський; 19 March [O.S. 7 March] 1895 in Kiev – 24 July 1964 id.) was a Ukrainian poet.

He began writing as a representative of 'pure art' doctrine, during the Stalinist years adopted the official doctrine of 'socialist realism' (Rylsky's panegyry of Stalin: Joseph Stalin#Cult of personality). In 1937 he was involved in rewriting the libretto of Mykola Lysenko's opera, Taras Bulba. Later, Rylsky returned to neo-classical forms. Rylsky joined Communist party in 1943 and was a member of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR in 1946. He was awarded the prestigious Lenin Prize in 1960.

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