chapter  3
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A Late Piece of Nazira or A Symbol Making its Way through Early Uzbek Poetry

ByIngeborg Baldauf

Our examples are, in accordance with the demands of socialist realism (though this theory was only fixed a couple of years later), functional and tendencious. They were intended as weapons in the ideological fight, and their efficacy depended on how well-sharpened the weapon was. We remember Majakovskij's thesis: the poet's material is words; he has to choose the most significant terms which, in turn, are to be at

hand in a given poetic language to meet the needs of the poet.10 So what were the whetstones an Uzbek poet of the early twenties could make use of to sharpen his tongue?