No. 5




Mikhail Lermontov

Mikhail Yur'yevich Lermontov (18141841) a Russian Romantic writer and poet, sometimes called "the poet of the Caucasus", was the most important presence in the Russian poetry from Aleksandr Pushkin's death until his own four years later, at the age of 26 - like many at that time, the casualty of a duel. In one of his best-known poems, written on January 1, 1840 he described his intonations as "iron verse steeped in bitterness and hatred."


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