Evgeny Baratynsky Criticism - Essay

Benjamin Dees (essay date 1972)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “The Conflict Between Reality and a Higher Realm,” in E. A. Baratynsky, Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1972, pp. 74-98.

[In the following excerpt, Dees discusses the development of Baratynsky's poetic style during the 1820s, focusing on his view of nature and treatment of the theme of death as well as the inherent conflict between Romantic content and Classical expression in his poetry.]

The middle and late 1820's were a period of perplexed transition in both Baratynsky's creative development and his personal life. In April, 1825, he was promoted to lieutenant (poruchik) which, insofar as his verse was concerned, deprived him of the image of the...

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J. A. Harvie (essay date 1973)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Russia's Doomsday Poet,” in Forum for Modern Language Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, April, 1973, pp. 170-81.

[In the following essay, Harvie examines Baratynsky's poems containing his criticism of science, technology, and the emerging capitalist-industrialist society.]

Of Baratynsky's poem “The Last Poet” (“Posledny poet”) Belinsky said that it would have been a masterpiece but for the perverse equation of poetry with ignorance and the blaming of science for the degeneration of society.1 Later apologists for Baratynsky have generally felt constrained to argue that all he really meant was that there was a certain charm about mystery which is...

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J. A. Harvie (essay date 1976)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “The Eclipse of the Golden Age,” in Forum for Modern Language Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2, April, 1976, pp. 176-88.

[In the following essay, Harvie compares Baratynsky's poetry written in protest of industrialization with that of English poet William Wordsworth, concluding that Wordsworth was the more didactic in his approach.]

The contemporary crusade against the excesses of science and technology should be viewed, not simply as a reaction to modern social conditions, but also as part of the continuing romantic protest against industrialisation, which goes back at least 200 years. It began with Rousseau in France, soon to be followed by Schiller and Novalis in...

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Dora Burton (essay date 1981)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “The Poet of Thought in ‘Vse mysl’ da mysl’!…’: Truth in Boratynskij's Poetry,” in Bulletin of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Vol. 35, No. 1, 1981, pp. 31-42.

[In the following essay, Burton explores Baratynsky's expression of the pain and emotional exposure caused by trying to remain true to his poetic vision, focusing on the poem “Vse mysl’ da mysl’!…”]

In Boratynskij's early and well-known poem “Bogdanovicu” (“To Bogdanovic,” 1824) the poet, at the zenith of his fame, enthusiastically announces his readiness to sacrifice the beauty of his verse for truth: “V zamenu krasoty, daju stixam moim / Ja silu...

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R. M. Grau (essay date 1984)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “‘Persten’: Baratynskii's Fantastic Tale,” in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol. 26, No. 4, December, 1984, pp. 296-306.

[In the following essay, Grau analyzes “Persten,” Baratynsky's only completed work of prose fiction, and suggests three different ways of interpreting the tale: as a fashionable tale of the fantastic, as a parody of the fantastic genre, or as a depiction of an artist searching for his place in society.]

In the fall of 1831 the poet Evgenii Baratynskii wrote to Ivan Kireevskii, promising to send him, among other things, a short story in prose for his journal Evropeets: “It is all mediocre, but it will do for a...

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Sarah Pratt (essay date 1984)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Mystic Transformations,” in Russian Metaphysical Romanticism: The Poetry of Tiutchev and Boratynskii, Stanford University Press, 1984, pp. 174-83.

[In the following excerpt, Pratt presents a detailed analysis of Boratynsky's “The Last Death,” exploring its themes, structure, and philosophical underpinnings.]

… Three types of poetic material contribute to the underlying substance of [“The Last Death”]: a mystical visionary aspect, an archaic or biblical aspect, and a personal conversational aspect. All these are held together by a framework based on the imagery of time and vision. The framework itself breaks down into a series of two-stanza...

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Luc Beaudoin (essay date 1995)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Character Associations and the Romantic Absolute in E. A. Baratynskii's ‘The Gypsy Girl,’” in Canadian American Slavic Studies, Vol. 29, No. 3-4, Fall-Winter 1995, pp. 257-70.

[In the following essay, Beaudoin discusses The Gypsy Girl as a reflection and embodiment of Boratynsky's interest in Friedrich von Schelling's concept of the Absolute and of the poet as an “inspired seer.”]

D'autre part, la civilisation que, grâce à leur action, réalisera la Russie, incarnera le rêve de nos jeunes philosophes, réalisera l'union de la poésie et la vie. Nous connaissons le rôle éminent que la conception romantique...

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Susanne Fusso and Howard Stern (essay date 1995)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “‘The Feasts of Ill Intention’: Baratynskii and the Critics,” in Freedom and Responsibility in Russian Literature: Essays in Honor of Robert Louis Jackson, edited by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen and Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University Press, 1995, pp. 29-37.

[In the following essay, Fusso and Stern explore Baratynsky's attitude toward his critics and the way in which he used his anger at their attacks as a stimulus to continue writing poetry.]

“Even in the grave?”
“Even under the coffin lid.”
“I cannot sing!”
“Well, sing about that!”

—Marina Tsvetaeva, 1928

[“Tak i v grobu?”
—“I pod doskoi.”...

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