No. 5




Fjodor Tiutchev

Fjodor Tiutchev (1803-1873) was born into a noble family of moderate wealth. He received excellent education at home and at Moscow University. At 12 he translated Horace and at 16 began writing verses. In those times the children of noblemen were supposed to serve in the army or make a civil career. Tyutchev chose diplomacy. He served in the Foreign Ministry and often went abroad on diplomatic missions, successfully combining civil duties and literary activities.
Tyutchev's lyrics accompany the life of all Russians from childhood. A unrivalled master of metaphors, he is the author of popular "winged" phrases such as "blessed are those who visited this world at its fateful moments" or "a worded thought is a lie". 


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