The melancholy Demon, the spirit of exile, He flew over the sinful earth, And the best days of the memories Before him crowd by the herd; Those days, when in the dwelling of light He shine, the pure cherub, When the traveling comet By the kindly smile of greeting It liked to change the places with him, When, through the eternal fogs Greedy of the knowledge, he watched The wandering caravans In the space of the abandoned stars; When he believed and beloved, The happy firstborn of creation! Do not know neither a malice, nor a doubt. And the centuries of the fruitless series is dismal Do not threaten to his mind And a lot of, a lot of
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Lermontov Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov died in a senseless duel at age Unique to 19th century Russian writers he produced seminal masterpieces the all three major genres: prose fiction, drama, and poetry narrative and short lyric. The sumptuousness of the set and costumes, and the tightly choreographed ensemble style of acting even in large ballroom scenes made it the greatest success in Russian theatre history. It had the longest theatre run of any play in Russia lasting through the economic and political crises of the s and s until the German invasion at the beginning of World War II, when the sets and costumes were buried in order to preserve them, but the cost of remounting the production after the war was prohibitive.
Aram Khachaturian wrote new incidental music for a scaled-down production in but it too was delayed. Masquerade continues to be regarded as a comic masterpiece. Viewed as one of the landmarks of Russian fiction, it is remarkable for the subtle and complex protagonist Pechorin, a Byronic antihero who displays bravado mixed with melancholic introversion.
Just as remarkable as the protagonist is the narrative technique of four linked but separate stories which present views of Pechorin from the perspective of different narrators—a radical innovation at the time. The novel has not been out-of-print at any time since its first publication. Besides the short lyrics, Lermontov excelled in poemy—the Russian name for long narrative or reflective poems, first developed fully by Pushkin. A number of English translations exist but I offer my version as well.
These are among the most remarkable paintings in Russian art history. Mtsyri is not well known outside Russia with few translations in English.
Biography[ edit ] Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov was born in Moscow into the respectable noble family of Lermontov , and he grew up in the village of Tarkhany now Lermontovo in Penza Oblast. Having moved up the ranks to captain, he married the sixteen-year-old Maria Mikhaylovna Arsenyeva, a wealthy young heiress of a prominent aristocratic Stolypin family. Her health quickly deteriorated, she developed tuberculosis and died on 27 February , aged only Yelizaveta Arsenyeva launched a formidable battle for her beloved grandson, promising to disinherit him if his father took the boy away. Eventually the two sides agreed that the boy should stay with his grandmother until the age of
Demon. Mikhail Lermontov. - Poem by Yuri Starostin