Alexander ( Aleksandr ) Pushkin . 1799-1837. Early Life. Born in Moscow on June 6, 1799 into a wealthy family The second of 8 surviving children Pushkin’s great grandfather was African, and he inherited many of his features Began writing poems as early as age 7
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My time under my father’s roof leaves little in the way of pleasant memories. Of course he loved me- but he showed no interest in me. I was entrusted to a series of French tutors, who were constantly being hired and fired. My first gouverneurwas a desperate drunkard, the second, while not stupid or uneducated, could fly into such rages that he once tried to murder me for spilling a few drops of ink onto his waistcoat. The third, who was kept in our house for a whole year, was totally and obviously insane.
What does that mean, our near and dear ones?
Our near and dear ones are just these ones:
The ones we are obliged to kiss,
Caress, and love, and warmly miss,
Also, by custom and good cheer,
On birthdays we should pay them calls,
At least by mail should send them cards,
So all the rest of all the year
They will not think of us a mite…
And so, God grant them health, long life!
Alone she’d understand, decipherMy blur of verse, confused unclear; Alone within my heart she’d fireThe lamp of love that’s pure, austere!Alas, in vain such aspirations!My prayers, all my invocations, My heart’s grief –all – she would not heed!, Of cries of earthly joys and passions,Of the divine, she had no need!
“At times monstrous images are created, but the setting and the whole picture are so truthlike and filled with details so delicate, so unexpectedly, but so artistically consistent, that the dreamer, were he an artist like Pushkin or Turgenev even, could never have invented them in the waking state.” Part I, Ch V