By Ronald E. Peterson

ISBN-10: 9027215340

ISBN-13: 9789027215345

The period of Russian Symbolism (1892-1917) has been known 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 probably 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 creation to Symbolism in Russia, as a move, a creative process, and a global view. the first emphasis is at the heritage of the move itself. awareness is dedicated to what the Symbolists wrote, acknowledged, and idea, 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 generally. This wide, precise and balanced account of this era will function a customary reference paintings an motivate extra examine between students and scholars of literature.

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Other poems are devoted to seashores, enclosed spaces (such as the poet's room), loves, his friends, and even to himself.

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had yet been formulated. 35 Several Symbolists were known to a somewhat broad group of readers, and others, as yet unpublished, were beginning to compose their first works. Despite this lack of true cohesion, some critics saw a "school," and the main leaders in 1896-98 were Balmont, Bryusov, Hippius, Merezhkovsky, and Sologub.

12 Though this collection includes pieces by Balmont, Hippius, Sologub, and others, it is not a specifically Symbolist anthology and shows rather that these poets had been accepted more on the basis of their artistic accomplishments than for the novelty of their ideas or style. And though the collection itself is not terribly important, the point that newer authors who stood for more artistic freedom and for stylistic sophistication were accepted as equals is significant. The World of Art One of the major developments that served to give Symbolism a more prominent position in Russian cultural life occurred shortly before the new year of 1899: the founding of the World of Art group in Petersburg and the publication of the first issue of its eponymous journal, Mir Iskusstva {World of Art), in November 1898.

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