A History of Russian Symbolism by Avril Pyman

By Avril Pyman

This e-book is the 1st certain historical past of the Russian Symbolist flow, which served because the seedbed of Existentialism and Modernism in Russia. It reassesses the symbolists' achievements within the mild of contemporary examine, concentrating on their literary works. Prose is quoted in English translation and poetry is given within the unique Russian with prose translations. there's a priceless bibliography of basic resources and an in depth chronological appendix. This booklet will fill a long-felt hole for college kids and academics of Russian and comparative literature, symbolism, modernism, and pre-revolutionary Russian tradition.

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Belated as was its appearance in print, 'Pesnia', together with 'Posviashchenie' (written 1894, published March 1895) established Hippius in the forefront of the new poetry. 'Posviashchenie' contains four lines which were to become programmatic for the new movement: BecnomaAHa MO« aopora, OHa MeHH K CMepTH BeAeT. t 7 This was a double swipe, as 'Posviashchenie' is clearly a 'Dedication' to Merezhkovsky, but by this time the couple were impervious to hostility and mockery. Indeed, they found Burenin genuinely amusing.

E. Volynsky] in the first. The liberal establishment, on the other hand, disapproved not of Volynsky's Jewish origins but of his opinions, and the Populist A. M. Skabichevsky submitted him to personal humiliation, having him turned away at the door of a jubilee dinner. 14 Hippius, who also had difficulty placing her own and Merezhkovsky's works, likened the radicals to grim Old Testament figures with a passion for excommunicating heretics. '15 Indeed, the long battle against the authorities had involved the Intelligentsia in a kind of schoolboy solidarity from which they ruthlessly excluded all those who broke their self-imposed rules.

30 It makes more sense, however, to look at 'meonism' as an aesthetic credo rather than as a philosophic or religious statement. It was about the purpose of art rather than the purpose of life. Here, for instance, is how the author set out his longing for an unattainable deity: o6pa3OB 6eccjie;jHoe MHe o TBoew TaHHCTBeHHOH cym>6e. cMepTH, H npHHacTeH H Te6e, O acepTBa, new ajrrapb — Bee MHpo3,zjaHHe. ayuia MOH o6i>HTa He6ec B npomajibHbiH nac 3aicaTa .. * 31 'Each vanished glimpse of transient images / Informs me of Thy secret destiny, / As I partake of death, so I partake of Thee, / O Sacrifice, whose altar is the Universe.

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