By Ronald E. Peterson
The period of Russian Symbolism (1892-1917) has been referred to 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 lifestyles (in poetry, prose, tune, theater, and portray) that has ever been visible there. This booklet is designed to function an advent to Symbolism in Russia, as a circulate, an inventive process, and a global view. the first emphasis is at the heritage of the move itself. consciousness is dedicated to what the Symbolists wrote, acknowledged, and concept, and on how they interacted. during this context, the most actors are the authors of poetry, prose, drama, and feedback, yet house is usually dedicated to the real connections among literary figures and artists, philosophers, and the intelligentsia mostly. This large, exact and balanced account of this era will function a regular reference paintings an motivate extra study between students and scholars of literature.
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34 Blok's retrospective title for his poetry of this period, Ante Lucem, is appropriate as well for the years 1896-98 in the Symbolist movement. In these three years the movement still did not come fully into the light, as it would in the next period, up through 1903. This pre-dawn era is one of scattered lights and individual interests. These interests are often decadent, as no Symbolist aesthetic had yet been formulated. 35 Several Symbolists were known to a somewhat broad group of readers, and others, as yet unpublished, were beginning to compose their first works.
Baltrushaitis, Sergey A. N. " By the end of that year, the publishing house they wanted had been formed: it was named Skorpion (Scorpio, after the zodiacal sign) and was mainly financed by Sergey Polyakov, the son of a wealthy Moscow businessman. Polyakov, however, was also a poet, editor, and accomplished translator of Ibsen, Hamsun, and others. Semyonov was a minor writer and translator (especially from Polish and German), who helped out with some of the editorial duties, though his role in the Skorpion venture was not as significant as the others'.
Bryusov's poems are usually well constructed, though there is an abundance of exclamation points, long lines (sometimes up to twenty-five syllables), and direct repetition of words in a line. " An early Symbolist who gained quite a reputation as a "decadent," not so much for his poetry but because of his lifestyle, was Aleksandr Dobrolyubov, whom Bryusov met in June of 1894. Dobrolyubov lived in Petersburg and preached the benefits of suicide to young students there in the early 1890s. Apparently his "teachings" caused some deaths and he was expelled from the university because of this.
A History of Russian Symbolism by Ronald E. Peterson