Hryhorii Skovoroda (1722–1794). Prominent Ukrainian baroque poet and a famous philosopher. He was educated at the Kyivan Mohyla Academy (1734–53). After a brief and unremarkable teaching career, Skovoroda abandoned any attempts to secure a regular position and spent the rest of his life wandering about eastern Ukraine. Material support from friends enabled him to devote himself to reflection and writing. Although there is no sharp distinction between his literary and philosophical works, his collection of 30 verses (composed from 1753 to 1785), his dozen or so songs, his collection of 30 fables (composed between 1760 and 1770), his translations of Cicero, Plutarch, Horace, Ovid, and Muretus, and his letters, written mostly in Latin, are generally grouped under the former category. His philosophical works consist of a treatise on Christian morality and 12 dialogues.