No. 5




Evgeny Baratynsky

Evgeny Abramovich Baratynsky (1800-1844) was lauded by Alexander Pushkin as the finest Russian elegiac poet. He was educated at the royal school at St. Petersburg and then entered the army. He served for eight years in Finland, where he composed his first poem, Eda. Through the interest of friends he obtained leave from the tsar to retire from the army, and settled in 1827 near Moscow. There he completed his longest work, The Gipsy, a poem written in the style of Pushkin. As the time went by, Baratynsky's mood progressed from pessimism to hopelessness, and elegy became his preferred form of expression. He died in 1844 at Naples, where he had gone in pursuit of a milder climate.


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