A History of Russian Symbolism by Ronald E. Peterson

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By Ronald E. Peterson

The period of Russian Symbolism (1892-1917) has been known as the Silver Age of Russian tradition, or even the second one Golden Age. Symbolist authors are one of the maximum Russian authors of this century, and their actions helped to foster the most major advances in cultural existence (in poetry, prose, track, theater, and portray) that has ever been visible there. This ebook is designed to function an advent to Symbolism in Russia, as a flow, a creative technique, and an international view. the first emphasis is at the background of the move itself. awareness is dedicated to what the Symbolists wrote, acknowledged, and idea, and on how they interacted. during this context, the most actors are the authors of poetry, prose, drama, and feedback, yet house is additionally dedicated to the real connections among literary figures and artists, philosophers, and the intelligentsia commonly. This vast, unique and balanced account of this era will function a customary reference paintings an inspire additional learn between students and scholars of literature.

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Although he had already published a poem, "The Fox and the Hedgehog," in a Petersburg journal called Vesna (Spring) in 1884, and began to translate Verlaine, in 1889, he was still a "young debutant" when he met Minsky in 1891 and the other contributors to Severnyi Vestnik shortly after that. Sologub was quite impressed by Minsky and his By the Light of Conscience, and he often wrote on the sense of human existence, a theme borrowed in part from Minsky and in part from Schopenhauer. " Sologub indeed had a fruitful association with Severnyi Vestnik, though the editors did not always agree with his views.

It also occasioned a polite, but very disappointing silence among Bryusov's friends. He did admit that the poems were weak, but he also felt that they were still worth some attention. In general, one can say that Bryusov's greatest contributions to Russian Symbolism lie in areas other than poetry, specifically in such endeavors as organizing, editing, promoting, and setting standards, though he did improve on his early and immature verse. BEGINNINGS OF SYMBOLISM, 1892-1895 25 A wide variety of interests is evident in Chefs d'oeuvre.

Nietzsche, both in August (new style), heralded the end of the positivistic, scientific age and the beginning 36 A HISTORY OF RUSSIAN SYMBOLISM of a new, enlightened era. And the leaders of this new century were to be the Symbolists. Following the flurry of Nietzsche's writings, published in Russian translation in 1898, and his death in 1900, one of the first major articles devoted to him appeared. 2 In that study, Shestov maintains that both Dostoevsky and Nietzsche avoid commonplaces and focus instead on the ugliest people and their problems.

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