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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Slavic Verse Belarus is a a land locked country in eastern Europe, bordered by Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine. The name means White Russian, a term used to designate a land not occupied by Genghis Khan. Apparently it was the rare exception to the hord's conquests. More recently however, it has been occupied by both Nazi Germany and Russia which have had an influence on the literature of the land. The earliest Belarus recorded writing is religious verse from the 11th-12th centuries. I could find little more until the 19th century and even