By Ronald E. Peterson

ISBN-10: 9027215340

ISBN-13: 9789027215345

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 essentially the most major advances in cultural lifestyles (in poetry, prose, song, theater, and portray) that has ever been obvious there. This publication is designed to function an creation to Symbolism in Russia, as a circulate, a creative technique, and a global view. the first emphasis is at the background of the move itself. cognizance is dedicated to what the Symbolists wrote, acknowledged, and notion, and on how they interacted. during this context, the most actors are the authors of poetry, prose, drama, and feedback, yet area can be dedicated to the $64000 connections among literary figures and artists, philosophers, and the intelligentsia normally. This vast, unique and balanced account of this era will function a regular reference paintings an motivate additional study between students and scholars of literature.

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It also occasioned a polite, but very disappointing silence among Bryusov's friends. He did admit that the poems were weak, but he also felt that they were still worth some attention. In general, one can say that Bryusov's greatest contributions to Russian Symbolism lie in areas other than poetry, specifically in such endeavors as organizing, editing, promoting, and setting standards, though he did improve on his early and immature verse. BEGINNINGS OF SYMBOLISM, 1892-1895 25 A wide variety of interests is evident in Chefs d'oeuvre.

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had yet been formulated. 35 Several Symbolists were known to a somewhat broad group of readers, and others, as yet unpublished, were beginning to compose their first works.

19 The story is quite indicative of Sologub's more mature prose and treats common themes such as mental instability and escape. The hero of the story is a twelve-year-old boy (children are frequently the main characters in Sologub's prose); the boy BEGINNINGS OF SYMBOLISM, 1892-1895 19 becomes so interested in casting shadows on a wall to form various shapes that this activity eventually takes over his life. The dullness and oppressiveness of his everyday existence, especially at school, is contrasted to the freedom of his fantasies during the shadow game.

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