Meta, monthly [«Мета»] (Goal). A monthly journal of culture and community affairs published in Lviv from September 1863 to January 1864 by a group of young Populists and edited by Ksenofont Klymkovych. One of the first, thick, journals in Ukraine, it contained poetry, prose, articles on historical and ethnographic subjects, a chronicle of current events, and reports on Ukrainian life in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and elsewhere. Regular contributors included prominent writers from both Russian-ruled (eg, Panteleimon Kulish, Danylo Mordovets) and Western (Yurii Fedkovych) Ukraine. Meta was renewed in March 1865 and appeared semimonthly and then monthly until December (18 issues). It now devoted less attention to literature and more to politics, and reported on the activities of the Halytsko-Ruska Matytsia society. Among the contributors were Stepan Kachala, Yevhen Zharsky, P. Pavlusevych, and Marko Vovchok (two reports from Paris).
[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 3 (1993).]