List of Russian language poets
This is a list of authors who have written poetry in the Russian language
Russian language
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Bella Akhmadulina
The String
The Garden
A Guiding Sound
Once in December
"Rain Flogs My Face..."

Rain flogs my face and collar-bones,
a thunderstorm roars over musts.
You thrust upon my flesh and soul,
like tempests upon ships do thrust.

I do not want, at all, to know,
what will befall to me the next –
would I be smashed against my woe,
or thrown into happiness.

In awe and gaiety elated,
like a ship, that’s going tempests through,
I am not sorry that I’ve met you,
and not afraid to love you, too.
(Translation by Yevgeny Bonver)
Anna Akhmatova
Anna Akhmatova
Anna Andreyevna Gorenko , better known by the pen name Anna Akhmatova , was a Russian and Soviet modernist poet, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon.Harrington p11...

The Rosary
Poem Without a Hero
"Like a White Stone"

Like a white stone deep in a draw-well lying,
As hard and clear, a memory lies in me.
I cannot strive nor have I heart for striving:
It is such pain and yet such ecstasy.

It seems to me that someone looking closely
Into my eyes would see it, patent, pale.
And, seeing, would grow sadder and more thoughtful
Than one who listens to a bitter tale.

The ancient gods changed men to things, but left them
A consciousness that smoldered endlessly,
That splendid sorrows might endure forever.
And you are changed into a memory.
Margarita Aliger
Margarita Aliger
Margarita Iosifovna Aliger was a famous Soviet poet, translator, and journalist.-Biography:She was born in Odessa in a family of Jewish office workers; the real family name was Zeliger . As a teenager she worked at a chemical plant...

The Year of Birth
Stones and Grass
Daniil Andreev
Russian Gods
The Iron Mystery
Innokenty Annensky
Innokenty Annensky
Innokentiy Fyodorovich Annensky was a poet, critic and translator, representative of the first wave of Russian Symbolism...

Quiet Songs
Cypress Box
Pavel Antokolsky
Pavel Antokolsky
Pavel Grigoryevich Antokolsky - a Russian poet, a nephew of Mark Antokolsky. His poem, "All we who in his name..." was written in 1956, the year of Nikita Khrushchev's "secret speech" condemning Stalinism, and widely circulated among student groups in the 1950s.Pavel Antokolsky translated in...

All We Who in His Name Hate!

Hate, be a faithful prop, and find

The words most biting and most fit,

So that filth brings no vertigo

To him who bends so close to it;

So that the honest artist spurns

The facile phrase, the weak excuse,

And is the first one to detect

The coward's lie, the traitor's truce;

So that the artist may be schooled

In probing, judging, and may sense

Just what a deposition means

And learn the tongue of evidence;

So that he trains his eye to catch

A wolfish trick, and warns us all

If silently the enemy

Slips past, or waits and hugs the wall,

Or if, again, with zealous mien

And upraised fist the foe votes "Aye"

Not caught red-handed yet, not known

And named as one who lives a lie;

Until our enemy must run

From verse as one who on the stair

Hears the police, then drops in dread

And cannot cover his despair.
Aleksey Apukhtin
Aleksey Apukhtin
-Biography:Following the traditions of amorous gypsy romance, he introduced into this genre much of his own artistic temperament. Many of his romances were set to music by his friend Pyotr Tchaikovsky and by other well-known composers .Apukhtin's reputation as a poet was further strengthened in...

Eduard Asadov
Eduard Asadov
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Nikolay Aseyev
Nikolay Aseyev
Nikolay Nikolaevich Aseyev, was a Russian poet.Nikolay Nikolaevich Aseyev was born in the city of Lgov in the region of Kursk. His first poetic collections, "Night Flute", written in 1914, and "Zor", written in 1914 in Russian Futurist style. He was awarded a government honor for the latter poem...

Night Flute
Lera Auerbach
Lera Auerbach
Lera Auerbach is a Russian-born American composer and pianist.-Early life & education:Auerbach was born in Chelyabinsk, a city in the Urals bordering Siberia. She holds degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School, where she studied piano with Joseph Kalichstein and composition...

(born 1973)
Gennadiy Aygi
Gennadiy Aygi
Gennadiy Nikolaevich Aygi was a Chuvash poet and a translator. His poetry is written both in Chuvash and in Russian.He was born in the village of Shaimurzino , Chuvashia and started writing poetry in the Chuvash language in 1958....



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Eduard Bagritsky
Eduard Bagritsky
Eduard Bagritsky , real name Dzyubin , was an important Russian and Soviet poet of the Constructivist School.He was a Neo-Romantic early in his poetic career; he was also a part of the so-called Odessa School of Russian writers...

Konstantin Balmont
Konstantin Balmont
Konstantin Dmitriyevich Balmont was a Russian symbolist poet, translator, one of the major figures of the Silver Age of Russian Poetry.-Biography:Konstantin Balmont was born in v...

Under the Northern Sky
Let's Be as the Sun
Centuries of Centuries Will Pass

Long centuries of centuries will pass, unsighted
Milleniums as locusts in deathy clouds descend,
And in the muttering of centuries affrighted
The same enduring firmament will watch the end.
The dumb, dead firmament that God will not remember,
Who breathes Eternity behind the farther skies,
Beyond the fading of the last star's last slow ember,
Beyond the utter threshold words may scrutinize.
Forever cold, that starry desert, clouds out-topping,
Is flung forth, alien to the end, on space,
When tearing comet-fires will crumble with it, dropping
As dumbly burning tears from a despairing face.
Jurgis Baltrušaitis
Jurgis Baltrušaitis
Jurgis Baltrušaitis was a Lithuanian Symbolist poet and translator, who wrote his works in Lithuanian and Russian. In addition to his important contributions to Lithuanian literature, he was noted as a political activist and diplomat...

The Pendulum

When tne dumb darkness most heavily clings,
Rhythmic and ruthless my pendulum swings.
Rustily creaking or whining dismay,
Urging each tarrying moment away.

Longing, it seems, for the days that are fled,
Down ancient stairways resounds someone's tread.
Heavy the footfall on flagstones unlit,
Lower and lower and down to the pit.

Praying, it seems, for a long-vanished shore,
Dumbly the Helmsman with slow stubborn oar
Brokenly rows me, morosely alone,
Into my harbor, afar and unknown.

Evil the Ferryman, darkly he pounds;
Farther and farther, more muffled resounds,
Hostile and hopeless, the long downward climb:
Cold, ineluctable footsteps of Time.
Evgeny Baratynsky
Evgeny Baratynsky
Yevgeny Abramovich Baratynsky was lauded by Alexander Pushkin as the finest Russian elegiac poet. After a long period when his reputation was on the wane, Baratynsky was rediscovered by Anna Akhmatova and Joseph Brodsky as a supreme poet of thought.- Life :Of noble ancestry, Baratynsky was...

The Gypsy
The Last Poet
Be Mirthful Now

Be mirthful now, for nothing stays,
Our good and evil both are brief.
Capricious Fate leads many ways,
Sometimes to joy, sometimes to grief,
And is no friend to constancy.
Listen, you whose lives are bright,
For the uncertain hours be
Winged for flight.

Do not repine, since nothing stays;
What matter if it chance at last
That unexpectedly our days
By cruel sorrow are o'ercast?
Upon this changeful earth of ours,
The gods from pain took half its stings
When alike to all the hours
They gave wings.
Ivan Barkov
Ivan Barkov
Ivan Semyonovich Barkov was a Russian poet, the author of erotic "Shameful Odes". He was a student of Mikhail Lomonosov, whose works he frequently parodied. He was also a translator and editor at the Russian Academy of Sciences.-Biography:...

Luka Mudischev
Anna Barkova
Anna Barkova
Anna Alexandrovna Barkova , July 16, 1901 – April 29, 1976, was a Soviet poet, journalist, playwright, essayist, memoirist, and writer of fiction. She was imprisoned for more than 20 years in the Gulag.-Early life:...

Tatar Anguish
Agniya Barto
Agniya Barto
Agniya Lvovna Barto, , was a Soviet Jewish poet and children's writer.-Biography:Agniya was born Getel Leybovna Volova to the jewish family of a Moscow veterinarian named Lev Nikolaevich Volov. She studied at a ballet school. She liked poetry very much and soon started to write her own, trying to...

Mishka the Petty Thief
Alexander Bashlachev
Alexander Bashlachev
Alexander Nickolaevich Bashlachev was a Russian poet, musician, guitarist, and singer-songwriter.-Early life:Bashlachev was born in Cherepovets, Soviet Union, the son of Nikolai Bashlachev and Nellie Bashlacheva....

Konstantin Batyushkov
Konstantin Batyushkov
Konstantin Nikolayevich Batyushkov was a Russian poet, essayist and translator of the Romantic era.-Biography:The early years of Konstantin Batyushkov's life are difficult to reconstruct...

Demyan Bedny
Demyan Bedny
Demyan Bedny, was the pen name of Soviet Russian poet, Bolshevik and satirist Yefim Alekseevich Pridvorov .-Life:Efim Pridvorov was born to a poor family in Gubovka, in what is now Kirovohrad Oblast in Ukraine. He attended the village school followed by a feldsher training college in Kiev. This...

No One Knew

(April 22, 1870)

It was a day like any other,

The same dull sky, the same drab street.

There was the usual angry pother

From the policeman on his beat.

Proud of his fine new miter's luster,

The archpriest strutted down the nave;

And the pub rocked with brawl and bluster,

Where scamps gulped down what fortune gave.

The market women buzzed and bickered

Like flies above the honeypots.

The burghers' wives bustled and dickered,

Eyeing the drapers' latest lots.

An awe-struck peasant stared and stuttered,

Regarding an official door

Where yellow rags of paper fluttered:

A dead ukase of months before.

The fireman ranged his tower, surveying

The roofs, like the chained bears one sees;

And soldiers shouldered arms, obeying

The drill sergeant's obscenities.

Slow carts in caravans went winding

Dockward, where floury stevedores moiled;

And, under convoy, in the blinding

Dust of the road, a student toiled,

And won some pity, thus forlorn,

From the drunk hand who poured his scorn

In curses on some pal and brother. . . .

Russia was aching with the thorn

And bearing her old cross, poor mother.

That day, a day like any other,

And not a soul knew that Lenin
Vladimir Lenin
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and communist politician who led the October Revolution of 1917. As leader of the Bolsheviks, he headed the Soviet state during its initial years , as it fought to establish control of Russia in the Russian Civil War and worked to create a...

 was born!
Andrey Bely
Andrei Bely
Andrei Bely was the pseudonym of Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev , a Russian novelist, poet, theorist, and literary critic. His novel Petersburg was regarded by Vladimir Nabokov as one of the four greatest novels of the 20th century.-Biography:...

Gold in Azure
Christ Has Risen
The First Encounter

The shining and ponderous goblet
I empty: the earth drops below me,
All things sink away, I am treading
Cold space the vast void the dim ether.
But distant, in ancient space looming,
My glimmering goblet: the Sun.

I look far below me are lying
The rivers, the forests, the valleys,
Estranged in the vanishing distance.
A cloud, blowing fog on my eyelids,
Trails gossamer gold in its going.

The flickering landscape is burning
Its last: mid-day stars newly-kindled
Look into my soul, sparkling: "Welcome,"
With radiance silently streaming:
"The end of long wanderings, brother,
Lies here, in your motherland, welcome!"

Slow hour upon hour in procession,
Slow centuries, smiling, pass onward.
In ancient space proudly I lift it,
My glimmering goblet: the Sun.
Olga Bergholz
Aleksandr Bestuzhev
Aleksandr Bestuzhev
Alexander Alexandrovich Bestuzhev , , was a Russian writer and Decembrist. After the Decembrist revolt he was sent into exile to Caucasus where Russian Empire was waging the war against the Circassians. There writing under the pseudonym Marlinsky he became known as a romantic poet, short story...

Kabardinian song

"On Kazbek the clouds are meeting,
Like the mountain eagle-flock;
Up to them, along the rock,
Dash the wild Uzdens retreating;
Onward faster, faster fleeting,
Routed by the Russian brood,
Foameth all their track with blood.

"Fast behind the regiments yelling,
Lance and bayonet raging hot,
And the seed of death their shot.
On the mail the sabre knelling,
Gallop, steed! for far thy dwelling,
See! they fall, but distant still
Is the forest of the hill!

"Russian shot our hearts is rending,
Falls the Mullah on his knee,
To the Lord of Light bows he,
To the Prophet he is bending;
Like a shaft his prayer ascending,
Upward flies to Allah's throne
Il-Allah! Oh, save thine own!

"Ah, despair! What crash like thunder!
Lo! a sign from heaven above!
Lo! the forest seems to move,
Crashes, murmurs, bursts asunder!
Lower, nearer, wonder! wonder!
Safe once more the Muslim bold
In their forest mountain-hold!"
Alexander Blok
Alexander Blok
Alexander Alexandrovich Blok was a Russian lyrical poet.-Life and career:Blok was born in Saint Petersburg, into a sophisticated and intellectual family. Some of his relatives were literary men, his father being a law professor in Warsaw, and his maternal grandfather the rector of Saint Petersburg...

"Into Crimson Dark"

Into crimson dark thou goest,
Thy vast orbits mock the eye.
Small the echo that thou throwest,
Far, I hear thy footfalls die.

Art thou near? too far for greeting?
Lost in topless altitudes?
Shall I wait a sudden meeting
Where sonorous stillness broods?

In the solitude resounding
Distant footsteps echo free.
Is it thou who flamest, bounding
Circles of infinity?
Valeri Brainin-Passek
Valeri Brainin
Valeri Brainin , Russian/German musicologist, music manager, composer, and poet....

(born 1948)
Joseph Brodsky
Joseph Brodsky
Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky , was a Russian poet and essayist.In 1964, 23-year-old Brodsky was arrested and charged with the crime of "social parasitism" He was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972 and settled in America with the help of W. H. Auden and other supporters...

Valery Bryusov
Valery Bryusov
Valery Yakovlevich Bryusov was a Russian poet, prose writer, dramatist, translator, critic and historian. He was one of the principal members of the Russian Symbolist movement.-Biography:...

The Fierce Birds

Kindling the air, fierce birds with feathers of fire,
Through the white portals of Paradise flamed like desire.
Virgin vistas reared, lit with quivering red,
And beyond seas were the trackless wanderers fled.

But on the pillars of marble, on the threshold were thrown
Crimson shadows incredible, sunk in the stone.
And, under the arch, in eternity's radiance hidden,
Angels exulted in fruits that are secret and sweet and forbidden.
Ivan Bunin
In An Empty House

From the walls the paper's blue is vanished,
The daguerreotypes, the ikons banished.
Only there the deepened blue appears
Where these hid it, hanging through the years.

From the heart the memory is perished,
Perished all that long ago it cherished!
Those remain, of whom death hides the face,
Leaving their yet unforgotten trace.
Anna Bunina
Anna Bunina
Anna Petrovna Bunina was a Russian poet. She was the first major Russian woman writer, and the first Russian woman to make a living solely from literary work. She was an ancestor of Nobel Prize winner Ivan Bunin.-Biography:...



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Sasha Chorny
Korney Chukovsky
Korney Chukovsky
Korney Ivanovich Chukovsky was one of the most popular children's poets in the Russian language. His poems, Doctor Aybolit , The Giant Roach , The Crocodile , and Wash'em'clean have been favourites with many generations of Russophone children...

Doctor Aybolit
Doctor Aybolit is a fictional character from the children's poems Aybolit and Barmaley by Korney Chukovsky. The name may be translated as "Ouch, [it] hurts!"The origins of Aybolit can be traced to Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting...

Moydodyr is a 1923 poem for children by Korney Chukovsky about a magical creature by the same name. The name may be literally be translated as "Wash'em'clean", or "Clean 'til Holes"....

The Crocodile
The Giant Roach
Georgy Chulkov
Georgy Chulkov
Georgy Ivanovich Chulkov was a Russian Symbolist poet, editor, writer and critic. In 1906 he created and popularized the theory of Mystical Anarchism.-Biography:...

Purple Autumn

Purple Autumn unloosened her tresses and flung them
On the heavens and over the dew-heavy fields.
She came as a guest to the old, silent house,
Singeing the grasses with red;
Through the garden she moved,-
Up the balcony; scarcely she touched
The fragile old rails.
She pushed the door-panel softly,
Softly she entered the room,
Sprinkling the rugs with her sun-yellow dust,
Dropped a red leaf upon the piano. . .
Ever after that hour, we heard her unceasing, her tireless rustling,
Rustle and stir and soft whisper.
And our hands suddenly met
With no new words, new and forever false.
As though we had hung a wreath of red roses
On a black, wrought-iron door
Leading into a vault
Where lay the rotting body
Of a beloved dream.
Autumnal days were upon us,
Days of inscrutable longing;
We were treading the stairs

Of autumnal passion.
In my heart a wound,
Like the lamp of an ikon,
Burned and would not be quenched.
The cup of autumnal poison
We pressed to our lips.
By the serpentine garden path Autumn had led us
To crepuscular lilies
Upon the pale, sand-humbled pond.
And over the lilied waters and in the roses of evening,
We loved, more superstitiously.
And through the dark night,
On the languorous bed,
At the feet of my love,
I loved death anew.
The minutes rang tinkling like crystals
At the brink of an autumn grave:
Autumn and Death drunkenly clinked their glasses.
I pressed my thirsty lips
To the feet the ikon-lamp burnished,
I drank the cup of love.

Burned by the fires of sins,
Stretched on the cross of lusts,
Shamed, being needlessly faithless,
I drank the cup of love.
In the hour of ineffable dalliance
I sensed the whisper
Of autumn pain, of autumn passion.
And kisses like keen needles
Burned and pierced,

Weaving a wreath of thorns.


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Denis Davydov
Denis Davydov
Denis Vasilyevich Davydov was a Russian soldier-poet of the Napoleonic Wars who invented a specific genre – hussar poetry noted for its hedonism and bravado – and spectacularly designed his own life to illustrate such poetry.-Biography:...

Anton Delvig
Ah, You Night...

Ah, you night, you little night!
Ah, you night, you stormy night!
Why from early evening tide
Even to the midnight late
Twinkle not your little stars,
Shineth not your full-orbed moon?
You are veiled with darkling clouds!
'T is with you, I think, O night,
Even as with me, young man,
Villain grief has called on us!
When the dire one takes abode
Somewhere deep within the heart,
You forget the lasses fair,
Dances and obeisances;
You forget from evening tide
Even to the midnight late,
Singing songs, to take delight
In the chorus and the dance.
No, you sob, you weep aloud,
And, a sad and lonely lad,
You upon your coarse straw bed
Throw yourself as in the grave!
Andrey Dementyev
Andrey Dementyev (poet)
Andrey Dmitriyevich Dementyev is a Russian and Soviet poet, a laureate of Lenin’s Young Communist League Award , a USSR State Prize , and Bunin Prize ....

(born 1928)
Regina Derieva
Regina derieva
Regina Derieva is a Russian poet and writer who has published twenty books of poetry, essays, and prose. Derieva currently lives in Sweden....

(born 1949)
Gavrila Derzhavin
The Stream of Time

The stream of time, with onward sweep,
Bears off men's works, all human things,
And plunges o'er Oblivion's steep
Peoples and kingdoms with their kings.
If for a space amidst the swirl
The lyre or trumpet some sustain,
They're swept at last in ceaseless whirl,
And none escape Fate's common main.
Ivan Dmitriev
Ivan Dmitriev
Ivan Ivanovich Dmitriev was a Russian statesman and poet associated with the sentamentalist movement in Russian literature.Dmitriev was born at his father's estate in the government of Simbirsk...

The Little Dove

The little dove, with heart of sadness,
In silent pain sighs night and day;
What now can wake that heart to gladness?
His mate beloved is far away.

He coos no more with soft caresses,
No more is millet sought by him,
The dove his lonesome state distresses,
And tears his swimming eyeballs dim.

From twig to twig now skips the lover,
Filling the grove with accents kind,
On all sides roams the harmless rover,
Hoping his little friend to find.

Ah! vain that hope his grief is tasting,
Fate seems to scorn his faithful love.
And imperceptibly is wasting,
Wasting away, the little dove!

At length upon the grass he threw him,
Hid in his wing his beak and wept;
There ceased his sorrows to pursue him,
The little dove for ever slept.

His mate, now sad abroad and grieving,
Flies from a distant home again.
Sits by her friend, with bosom heaving,
And bids him wake with sorrowing pain.

She sighs, she weeps, her spirits languish.
Around and round the spot she goes;
Ah! charming Chloe 'slost in anguish,
Her friend wakes not from his repose!
Nikolay Dobrolyubov
Death’s Jest

What if I die? ‘Twere little grief!
But one fear wrings my breast-
Perhaps Death, too, may play on me
A grim, insulting jest.

I fear that over my cold corpse
Hot tears may fall in showers;
That someone, with a foolish zeal,
May heap my bier with flowers;

That friends may crowd behind my hearse
With thoughts of grief sincere,
And when I lie beneath the mould,
Men’s hearts may hold me dear;

That all which I so eagerly
And vainly used to crave
In life, may brightly smile on me
When I am in my grave!
Yevgeniy Dolmatovsky
Yevgeniy Dolmatovsky
Yevgeniy Aronovich Dolmatovsky was a Soviet poet and a Russian popular song lyricist. He was born and died in Moscow.-Examples of his songs:* Ballad of the Siberian Land - 1947* Yearning for the Motherland - 1948* Song of the Forests (music by Domitri Shostakovich, Opus 81) - 1949** The Pioneers...

Spiridon Drozhzhin
Spiridon Drozhzhin
-Biography:Drozhzhin was born in the village of Nizovka, part of what is now Tver Oblast. His poems were first published in 1873. The son of a serf, he earned renown as a talented self-educated poet. He welcomed the October Revolution, which he saw as the realization of the people's hopes and...

Yulia Drunina
Yulia Drunina
Yulia Vladimirovna Drunina was a Russian poet. Her works are characterised with classical clarity, she often used real life experiences as a source of inspiration for her writings. Her own war experience had a long-lasting and painful impression on her...



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Ilya Ehrenburg
Ilya Ehrenburg
Ilya Grigoryevich Ehrenburg was a Soviet writer, journalist, translator, and cultural figure.Ehrenburg is among the most prolific and notable authors of the Soviet Union; he published around one hundred titles. He became known first and foremost as a novelist and a journalist - in particular, as a...

The Tree

The meek dew shone, the grass lay prostrate

As humbly as a slave will lie,

And veering from the roof the swallow

Had sought the wide and tender sky.

And you alone, great tree, remaining

There at your post, stood straight and still,

Lonely and stubborn as a soldier

Whose duty was to hold the hill.

And under fire you tossed and twisted,

As through your boughs the torment ran,

And when you met your mortal moment

You died as gravely as a man.


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Afanasy Fet
Afanasy Fet
Afanasy Afanasyevich Fet , was a Russian poet regarded as one of the finest lyricists in Russian literature.-Origins:...

A Russian Scene

Wondrous the picture,
How homelike to me!—
Distant plain whitening,
Full moon on the lea;
Light—in the heavens high,
And snow flashing bright;
Sledge in the distance
In its lonely flight.
Konstantin Fofanov
Konstantin Fofanov
-Early life:Konstantin was born into a family of St. Petersburg merchants. His father had been born a peasant, but had risen to the merchant class through the selling of firewood. Konstantin was one of ten children. At the age of six he began attending a primary school. He later attended the cheap...

The Beggar

There stood a beggar asking alms
By the cathedral gate,
His face bore torture marks of life—
Pale, tired, blind—like fate.

Thin, tired, pale and blind he begged
A crust of bread alone.
And some one pausing, placed within
His outstretched hand—a stone.

And even so I asked your love,
I brought my dreams, my life—the while
Unto my passion you replied
Only with your cold smile!


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Cherubina de Gabriak
Cherubina de Gabriak
Cherubina de Gabriak was a literary pseudonym of Elisaveta Ivanovna Dmitrieva possibly together with Maximilian Voloshin.-Mysterious poet:...

Aleksei Gastev
Aleksei Gastev
Aleksei Kapitonovich Gastev was a participant in the Russian Revolution of 1905, a pioneer of scientific management in Russia, a trade-union activist and an avant garde poet.- Youth of a Revolutionary :...

Mikhail Gerasimov
Mikhail Gerasimov (poet)
Mikhail Prokofyevich Gerasimov was one of the most widely-read working-class poets in early twentieth century Russia. Initially embracing the Bolshevik revolution as a liberating event and participating in the effort to create a new "proletarian culture," following the New Economic Policy he...

Zinaida Gippius
Zinaida Gippius
Zinaida Nikolaevna Gippius, was a Russian poet, playwright, editor, short story writer and religious thinker, regarded as a co-founder of Russian symbolism and seen as "one of the most enigmatic and intelligent women of her time in Russia"....

"I Seek For Rhythmic Whisperings"

I seek for rhythmic whisperings
Where noises bandy
For life I listen wistfully
In footless banter.

I cast wide nets and tentative
In lakes of sorrow.
I go toward final tenderness
By pathways sordid.

I look for dewdrops glistering
In falsehood's gardens.
I save truth's globules glistening,
From dust-heaps garnered.

I fain would fathom fortitude
Through years of wormwood
And pierce the mortal fortalice,
Yet live, a worldling.

My cup, through ways impassable,
To bear, untainted;
By tenebrous bleak passages
To joy attaining.
Nikolay Glazkov
Nikolay Glazkov
Nikolai Ivanovich Glazkov ; , was a Soviet poet renowned for his uncanny and ironic verse, his alcoholism, and for jokingly coining the term samizdat, which came to be internationally known.-Life:Glazkov was born in the village of Lyskovo, in what is now Nizhegorodskaya Oblast, Russia...

Fyodor Glinka
Fyodor Glinka
Fyodor Nikolaevich Glinka was a Russian poet and author.-Biography:Glinka was born at Smolensk in 1786, and was specially educated for the army. In 1803 he obtained a commission as an officer, and two years later took part in the Austrian campaign...


Wondrous city, ancient city,
Thou enfoldest in thy walls
Villages and smiling suburbs,
Churches, palaces and halls.

Thou art girt by grassy meadows,
Gay with gardens, rich in flowers;
Seven the hills are which thou crownest
With thy temples, with thy towers.

Thou unfoldest like a parchment
Written by a giant hand,
And beside thy little river
Thou art glorious now and grand.

Many are thine ancient churches
Towering like the northern pine;
Where can eye see streets so noble,
Mother Moscow, as are thine?

Capture Moscow's mighty Kremlin?
Who on earth would boast the power?
Who could rob the golden bonnet
From the slender Ivan tower?

Who could ever swing the Tsar-bell,
Or the Tsar-gun overthrow?
Reverence at the sacred gateway
Who could ever fail to show?

In thine awful hour of peril,
When thy haughty neck was bent,
All thy children, men of Russia,
Felt with thee the punishment.

White-walled city, them wast chastened
Like a martyr in the fire;
And thy river, boiling, hastened
Onward to escape the pyre.

Once a captive and dishonoured,
In thine embers thou didst lie!
Now arisen from thine ashes
Changeless, lift thy head on high!

Flourish through the countless ages,
Moscow ! many-towered town.
Thou art central heart of Russia,

Russia's glory, Russia's crown!
Nikolay Gnedich
Nikolay Gnedich
Nikolay Ivanovich Gnedich was a Russian poet and translator best known for his idyll The Fishers...

The Fishers
Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov
Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov
Arseny Arkadyevich Golenishchev-Kutuzov , was a Russian poet known in part for writing the texts of Modest Mussorgsky's two song cycles of the 1870s: Sunless and Songs and Dances of Death....

Dmitry Gorchakov
Dmitry Gorchakov
Prince Dmitry Petrovich Gorchakov was a Russian writer, dramatist and poet, best known for his satyrical verses and three comical operas, staged in the end of XVIII century.- Biography:...

Sergey Gorodetsky
Boris Golovin
Boris Golovin
Boris Golovin is a Russian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist. Golovin published his first book of poetry in Moscow in 1987.-Education:1975 - 1979. Moscow State University, faculty of journalism.1982 - 1987...

(born 1955)
Aleksandr Griboedov
Apollon Grigoryev
Apollon Grigoryev
Apollon Aleksandrovich Grigoryev was a Russian poet, literary and theatrical critic, translator, memoirist, as well as the author of a number of popular songs and romances....

Oleg Grigoryev
Oleg Grigoriev
Oleg Grigoriev was a Russian poet and artist. He is regarded as a successor of the Oberiu tradition. Many of his short poems became modern folklore.-Biography:...

Isabella Grinevskaya
Isabella Grinevskaya
Isabella Grinevskaya was the pen name of Berta Friedberg, daughter of the author Abraham Shalom Friedberg and the first wife of Mordechai Spector....

"The Mother"
(World War 1)

O Son of mine, forgive these tears.
The tears that from my heart are wrung!
E'en birch-trees for their reft boughs weep,
The wild beasts for their young.

And, dearest, how should I not weep?
Nor dolorous grief o'er me prevail?
Where strength and calm endurance draw
To choke... a mother's wail?

In offering to our native land
We needs must of our own will part
With what is lovelier than life.
E'en though it break our heart.

And so I freely offer thee
To deadly battle with the foe.
Though dearer to me than my life.
Farewell! God with thee! Go!
Semyon Gudzenko
Semyon Gudzenko
Semyon Gudzenko who was a Soviet poet, of the World War II generation. He is often compared with Pavel Kogan and Semen Kirsanov....

Nikolay Gumilyov
Nikolay Gumilyov
Nikolay Stepanovich Gumilev was an influential Russian poet who founded the acmeism movement.-Early life and poems:Nikolai was born in the town of Kronstadt on Kotlin Island, into the family of Stepan Yakovlevich Gumilev , a naval physician, and Anna Ivanovna L'vova . His childhood nickname was...


With heaviness this wingless wind is cursed,

The sunset is a melon that has burst.

You ache to give the clouds a gentle shove,

They float so indolently up above.

Upon such languid evenings you will see

Coachmen whip up their horses savagely,

And fishers tear the waters with the oar,

And woodsmen batter at the oaks they floor. . .

While those who in their being must rehearse

The movement of the throbbing universe,

Who house within them, slumbering or astir,

Rhythms to come and all that ever were,

Write winged verses whose resistless sweep

Rouses the sluggard elements from sleep.
Elena Guro
Elena Guro
Elena Genrikhovna Guro was a Russian Futurist painter, playwright, poet, and writer of fiction.-Early life:Guro was born in St. Petersburg on January 10, 1877. Her father was Genrikh Stepanovich Guro, an officer in the Imperial Russian Army of French descent. Her mother Anna Mikhailovna...



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Vera Inber
Vera Inber
Vera Mikhailovna Inber, born Shpenzer, was a Russian-Soviet poet and writer.-Biography:...

Mikhail Isakovsky
Mikhail Isakovsky
Mikhail Vasil'evich Isakovsky was a Russian poet, a laureate of 2 USSR State Prizes , a Hero of Socialist Labor...

Georgy Ivanov
Georgy Ivanov
Georgii Vladimirovich Ivanov was a leading poet and essayist of the Russian emigration between the 1930s and 1950s.As a banker's son, Ivanov spent his young manhood in the elite circle of Russian golden youth. He started writing pretentious verses, imitative of Baudelaire and the French...

Vyacheslav Ivanov
Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov
Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov was a Russian poet and playwright associated with the Russian Symbolist movement. He was also a philosopher, translator, and literary critic.-Early life:...


Your soul, born deaf and blind, inhabits
Jungles of sunless reverie,
Where with the crash of trampled saplings
Wild droves of dark desires roam free.

A torch I kindled in the darkness
To lead you to my starry gate,
With seeds of light in shining handfuls
The furrows of your night to sate.

I stand amid the trackless stretches
And hail you in the wilderness;
But lost in dark and dreary caverns
My cry sinks silent, answerless.
Ryurik Ivnev
Ryurik Ivnev
Rurik Ivnev was a Russian poet, novelist and translator.-Early years:Rurik Ivnev was born into a nobleman's family in Tiflis . His father, A. S. Kovalyov, a captain of a Russian army. The children had been brought up by their mother, A. P. Kovalyova-Prince. Among her ancestors was a Dutch count,...



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Gavril Kamenev
Gavril Kamenev
Gavril Petrovich Kamenev was a Russian poet, writer, and translator.Kamenev was born on February 3, 1772, in Kazan and lived there in adverse circumstances , his only bright moments being brief visits to Moscow...

Antiochus Kantemir
Vasily Kapnist
Vasily Kapnist
Count Vasily Vasilievich Kapnist , , was a Russian poet and playwright who wrote in somewhat rough Russian language....

On Julia's Death

The evening darkness shrouds
The slumbering world in peace,
And from her throne of clouds
Shines Luna through the trees.
My thoughts in silence blend.
But gathered all to thee:
Thou moon! the mourner's friend,
Oh, come and mourn with me!

Upon her grave I bow,
The green grave where she lies:
Oh, hear my sorrows now,
And consecrate my sighs!
This is her ashes' bed,—
Here her cold relics sleep,—
Where I my tears shall shed.
While this torn heart can weep.

O Julia! Never rose
Had half the charms of thee!
My comfort, my repose,—
Oh, thou wert all to me I
But thou art gone, and I
Must bear life's load of clay,—
And pray, and long to die,
Though dying day by day.

But I must cease to sing.
My lyre all mute appears.
Alas! Its plaintive string
Is wetted with my tears.
Oh! Misery's song must end,—
My thoughts all fly to thee:
Thou moon! The mourner's friend,
Oh, come and mourn with me!
Rimma Kazakova
Rimma Kazakova
Rimma Fyodorovna Kazakova was a Soviet/Russian poet. She was known as an author of many popular songs of the Soviet era.She graduated from the history department of Leningrad State University. She worked as a lecturer in Khabarovsk....

Dmitri Kedrin
Dmitri Kedrin
-External links:*...

Bakhyt Kenjeev
Bakhyt Kenjeev
Bakhyt Shkurullaevich Kenjeev is a Russian poet.-Life:In 1953 his parents moved to Moscow. He graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a degree in chemistry...

(born 1950)
Daniil Kharms
Daniil Kharms
Daniil Kharms was an early Soviet-era surrealist and absurdist poet, writer and dramatist. One of his pseudonyms, which was signed in Latin alphabet, was Daniel Charms.- Life :...

Ivan Khemnitser
Ivan Khemnitser
Ivan Ivanovitch Chemnitzer or Khemnitzer was a Russian fabulist, born at Yenotayevsk, Astrakhan, the son of a German physician of Chemnitz, who had served in the Russian army under Peter the Great. He participated in the campaigns of the Seven Years' War and afterward devoted himself to mining...

The Lion's Council of State

A lion held a court for state affairs:
Why? That is not your business, sir, 'twas theirs!
He called the elephants for counsellors—still
The council-board was incomplete;
And the king deemed it fit
With asses all the vacancies to fill.
Heaven help the state—for lo! the bench of asses
The bench of elephants by far surpasses.

He was a fool, the foresaid king, you'll say:
Better have kept those places vacant surely,
Than fill them up so poorly.
O no! that's not the royal way;
Things have been done for ages thus,— and we
Have a deep reverence for antiquity:
Naught worse, sir, than to be, or to appear
Wiser and better than our fathers were.
The list must be complete, even though you make it
Complete with asses; for the lion saw
Such had for ages been the law,—
He was no radical to break it!
"Besides," he said, "my elephants' good sense
Will soon my asses' ignorance diminish,
For wisdom has a mighty influence."
They made a pretty finish!
The asses' folly soon obtained the sway:
The elephants became as dull as they!
Velemir Khlebnikov
Vladislav Khodasevich
Vladislav Khodasevich
Vladislav Felitsianovich Khodasevich was an influential Russian poet and literary critic who presided over the Berlin circle of Russian emigre litterateurs....

The Cork

O cork that stoppered the strong iodine,

How rapidly you rotted quite away!

Thus is the body quietly consumed,

Burnt by the soul, unseen, day after day.
Aleksey Khomyakov
Aleksey Khomyakov
Aleksey Stepanovich Khomyakov was a Russian religious poet who co-founded the Slavophile movement along with Ivan Kireyevsky, and became one of its most distinguished theoreticians....

Dmitry Khvostov
Dmitry Khvostov
Count Dmitry Ivanovich Khvostov , was a Russian poet, representing the late period of classicism in Russian literature. Count Khvostov, as he was widely known, was an exceedingly prolific author of poems, fables, epigrams, etc, invariably archaic and pompous, making him an easy target for...

Semyon Kirsanov
Nikolay Klyuev
A Northern Poem

Sunset dreams on fir-tree cones,
Green the hedge, and brown the field;
Mossy rifts in weathered stones
Meekly vernal waters yield.

Oh, look up the wooded steep
God has touched it with his palm;
Piously wild berries weep,
listening to the grassy psalm.

And I feel no fleshly tie;
And my heart's a springing mead.
Come, ye pilgrims white and shy,
Peck the early wheaten seed.

Tender evening twilight searches
Cottage windows, gabled byres,
And the leaves of slender birches
Glimmer soft as wedding fires.
Pavel Kogan
Aleksey Koltsov
Aleksey Koltsov
Aleksey Vasilievich Koltsov was a Russian poet who has been called a Russian Burns. His poems, frequently placed in the mouth of women, stylize peasant-life songs and idealize agricultural labour....

An Old Man's Song

I shall saddle a horse,
A swift courser, he,
I shall fly, I shall rush,
As the hawk is keen,
Over fields, over seas,
To a distant land.
I shall overtake there
My young youth again.
I shall make myself spruce
Be a blade again,
I shall make a fine show
For the girls again.
But alas! no road leads
To the past we've left,
And the sun will not rise
For us in the west.
Nahum Korzhavin
(born 1925)
Ivan Kozlov
Ivan Kozlov
Ivan Ivanovich Kozlov was a Russian Romantic poet and translator. As D. S. Mirsky noted, "his poetry appealed to the easily awakened emotions of the sentimental reader rather than to the higher poetic receptivity"....

Vasili Krasovsky
Vasili Krasovsky
Vasili Ivanovich Krasovsky was a Russian writer.Krasovsky studied at the gymnasium of the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, after which he worked for the body overseeing the Russian mining industry. From 1804 through 1813 Krasovsky was the secretary of the St...

Aleksey Kruchenykh
Ivan Krylov
Ivan Krylov
Ivan Andreyevich Krylov is Russia's best known fabulist. While many of his earlier fables were loosely based on Aesop and Jean de La Fontaine, later fables were original work, often satirizing the incompetent bureaucracy that was stifling social progress in his time.-Life:Ivan Krylov was born in...

A Swan, a Pike, and a Crab

Whene'er companions don't agree,
They work without accord;
And naught but trouble doth result,
Although they all work hard.
One day a Swan, a Pike, a Crab,
Resolved a load to haul.
All three were harnessed to the cart,
And pulled together all.
But though they pulled with all their might,
That cart-load on the bank stuck tight.
The Swan pulled upwards to the skies,
The Crab did backwards crawl,
The Pike made for the water straight:
This proved no use at all.
Now, which of them was most to blame
Tis not for me to say,
But this I know—the load is there
Unto this very day.
Wilhelm Küchelbecher
Anatoly Kudryavitsky
Anatoly Kudryavitsky
Anthony Kudryavitsky born in Moscow on 17 August 1954, better known by his pen name Anatoly Kudryavitsky , is a Russian-Irish novelist, poet and literary translator.-Biography:...

(born 1954)
Nestor Kukolnik
Nestor Kukolnik
Nestor Vasilievich Kukolnik was a Russian playwright and prose writer of Carpatho-Rusyn origin. Immensely popular during the early part of his career, his works were subsequently dismissed as sententious and sentimental. Today, he is best remembered for having contributed to the libretto of the...

Alexander Kushner
Alexander Kushner
Alexander Semenovich Kushner is a prominent Russian living poet from Saint Petersburg.- Biography :Kushner was born in Leningrad into a Russian-Jewish family; his father was a military engineer. He graduated from Herzen University, and later, between 1959 and 1969, taught Russian literature....

(born 1936)
Dmitry Kuzmin
Dmitry Kuzmin
Dmitry Vladimirovich Kuzmin , born on December 12, 1968, is a Russian poet, critic, and publisher.-Biography:...

(born 1969)
Mikhail Kuzmin
"Now Dry Thy Eyes"

Now dry thy eyes, and shed no tears.
In heaven's straw-pale meadows veers
Aquarius, and earthward peers,
His emptied vessel overturning.
No storming snows, no clouds that creep
Across the sheer pure emerald steep,
Whence, thinly-drawn, a ray darts deep
As a keen lance with edges burning.


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Vasily Lebedev-Kumach
Vasily Lebedev-Kumach
Vasily Ivanovich Lebedev-Kumach Moscow, — 20 February 1949) was a Soviet Russian poet and lyricist.He wrote numerous songs, the most famous being probably Священная война , Песня о Родине and Как много девушек хороших , later immortalized as the Argentine Tango song...

Mikhail Lermontov
Mikhail Lermontov
Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov , a Russian Romantic writer, poet and painter, sometimes called "the poet of the Caucasus", became the most important Russian poet after Alexander Pushkin's death in 1837. Lermontov is considered the supreme poet of Russian literature alongside Pushkin and the greatest...

Borodino (poem)
Borodino is a poem by Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov which describes the Battle of Borodino, the major battle of Napoleon's invasion of Russia...

The Song of the Merchant Kalashnikov
The Song of the Merchant Kalashnikov
A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevish, the Young Oprichnik, and the Valorous Merchant Kalashnikov, often abbreviated as The Song of the Merchant Kalashnikov, is a poem by Mikhail Lermontov written in 1837 and first published in 1838....

Demon (poem)
Demon is a poem by Mikhail Lermontov, written in several versions in the years 1829 to 1839. It is considered a masterpiece of European Romantic poetry....

Valerik (poem)
"Valerik" is a war poem published in 1843 by the Russian Romantic writer Mikhail Lermontov.-The battle:The Battle of the Valerik River was fought on July 11, 1840, between the Imperial Russian Army and Chechen mountain tribesman, as part of the Russian conquest of the Caucasus.Mikhail Lermontov, a...

Death of the Poet
Death of the Poet
"Death of the Poet" is an 1837 poem by Mikhail Lermontov, written in reaction to the death of Alexander Pushkin.Pushkin was mortally wounded in a duel on January 27, 1837, and died on the 29th...

The Cup of Life

We drink life's cup with thirsty lips,
Our eyes shut fast to fears;
About the golden rim there drips
Our staining blood, our tears.

But when the last swift hour comes on,
The light long hid is lit,
From startled eyes the band is gone,
We suffer and submit.

It is not our part to possess
The cup that golden gleamed.
We see its shallow emptiness:
We did not drink we dreamed.
Mirra Lokhvitskaya
Mirra Lokhvitskaya
Mirra Lokhvitskaya was a Russian poet who rose to fame in the late 1890s and, due to the flamboyantly erotic sensuality of her works, was regarded as the "Russian Sappho" by her contemporaries...

And Moan of Winds...

And moan of winds and whispered thoughts of gloom,
From life no joy is won . . .
Yet somewhere,—warmth, and ocean's muffled boom.
And lustre of the sun.
The blizzard wails, and in the heart it throws
A load of tears unshed.
Yet somewhere myrtle, verdant myrtle grows.
And stainless roses spread.
Life, passing by, in empty brooding delves,
Unmeaning, unbedight . . .
Yet somewhere, mirth and bliss will yield themselves,
And comeliness and light!
Mikhail Lomonosov
Mikhail Lomonosov
Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov was a Russian polymath, scientist and writer, who made important contributions to literature, education, and science. Among his discoveries was the atmosphere of Venus. His spheres of science were natural science, chemistry, physics, mineralogy, history, art,...

Vladimir Lugovskoy
Vladimir Lugovskoy
Vladimir Alexandrovich Lugovsky was a constructivist poet. In later years, his poetry became filled with imagery and emotion.-References:...

Eduard Limonov
Eduard Limonov
Eduard Limonov is Russian writer and political dissident, and is the founder and leader of radical National Bolshevik Party. An opponent of Vladimir Putin, Limonov is one of leaders of Other Russia political bloc.-Early life:...

(born 1943)


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Osip Mandelstam
Osip Mandelstam
Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam was a Russian poet and essayist who lived in Russia during and after its revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union. He was one of the foremost members of the Acmeist school of poets...

Stalin Epigram
Stalin Epigram
The Stalin epigram, also known as The Kremlin Highlander is a satirical poem by the Russian Acmeist poet Osip Mandelstam, dated as being written in November 1933...

"The Air Strikes Chill"

The air strikes chill. Although transparent spring

Has clothed Petropolis in pale green down,

The Neva's waves are faintly sickening

As if they were Medusa's coiling crown.

On the embankment of our northern stream

The fireflies of hurrying motors gleam.

Steel dragonflies and beetles flit and whirr,

And stars are pins of gold whose glitter pricks,

But stars can never mortally transfix

The heavy emerald of the sea water.
Anatoly Marienhof
Anatoly Marienhof
Anatoly Borisovich Marienhof or Mariengof 1897 — 24 April 1962) was a Russian poet, novelist and playwright. He was one of the leading figures of Imaginism. Now he is mostly remembered for his memoirs that depict Russian literary life of the 1920s and his friendship with Sergei Yesenin.- Biography...

"Savage, Nomad Hordes"

Savage, nomad hordes
Of Asia
Poured fire out of the vats!
Razin's execution is avenged,
And Pugachov's pain
Whose beard was torn away.
Have broken
The scruff of the earth,
Cold with centuries,
And the supernal sky, like a stocking
With a hole in its heel
Has been taken out of the laundry-trough
Wholly clean.
Samuil Marshak
Samuil Marshak
Samuil Yakovlevich Marshak was a Russian and Soviet writer, translator and children's poet. Among his Russian translations are William Shakespeare's sonnets, poems by William Blake and Robert Burns, and Rudyard Kipling's stories. Maxim Gorky proclaimed Marshak to be "the founder of [Russia's ]...

Vladimir Mayakovsky
Vladimir Mayakovsky
Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky was a Russian and Soviet poet and playwright, among the foremost representatives of early-20th century Russian Futurism.- Early life :...

Moonlit Night

(A Landscape)

There will be a moon.

Already a bit of it


And now a full moon is hanging in the air.

It must be that God is fishing about

with a marvelous

silver spoon

in the star chowder.
Apollon Maykov
Apollon Maykov
Apollon Nikolayevich Maykov was a Russian poet.He was born into the artistic family of Nikolay Apollonovich Maykov, a painter and an academic. In 1834 the family moved to Petersburg. In 1837-1841 Maykov studied law at Saint Petersburg University. At first he was attracted to painting, but he soon...

The Alpine Glacier

Dank the darkness on the cliff-side;
Faintly outlined from below,
In their modest maiden gladness,
Glaciers in the dawn's blush glow.

What new life upon me blowing,
Breathes from yonder snowy height,
From that depth of limpid turquoise
Flashing in the morning light?

There, I know, dread Terror dwelleth.
Track of man there is not there;
Yet my heart in answer swelleth
To the challenge, "Come thou here!"
Dmitriy Merezhkovsky
The Curse of Love

With heavy anguish, hopeless straining,
The bonds of love I would remove.
Oh, to be loosed from their enchaining!
Oh, freedom, only not to love!

The soul that shame and fear are scourging
Crawls through a mist of dust and blood.
From dust, great God, my spirit purging,
Oh, spare me from love's bitter flood!

Is pity's wall alone unshaken?
I pray to God, I cry in vain,
More weary, by all hope forsaken;
Resistless love grows great again.

There is no freedom, unforgiven,
We live as slaves, by life consumed;
We perish, tortured, bound and driven,
Promised to death, and to love doomed.
Arvo Mets
Arvo Mets
Arvo Antonovich Mets was a Russian poet of Estonian ancestry. He was an expert of Russian free verse. He also translated works of Estonian poets.- Biography :...

Lev Mei
Alexander Mezhirov
Alexander Mezhirov
Alexander Petrovich Mezhirov was a Soviet and Russian poet, translator and critic....

Sergey Mikhalkov
Sergey Mikhalkov
Sergey Vladimirovich Mikhalkov was a Soviet and Russian author of children's books and satirical fables who had the opportunity to write the lyrics of his country's national anthem on three different occasions, spanning almost 60 years.-Life and career:...

Nikolai Minsky
Nikolai Minsky
Nikolai Minsky and Nikolai Maksimovich Minsky are pseudonyms of Nikolai Maksimovich Vilenkin , a mystical writer and poet of the Silver Age of Russian Poetry....


She lies, opening her teats, strong, swollen, wide,
And at her breasts, their equal gift bestowing,
Mad Nero and meek Buddha clutch, unknowing,
As clinging twins who suckle side by side.
She holds two vessels, whence, forever flowing,
The streams of Life and Death serenely glide.
She breathes and wreaths of stars are lit, and bide,
She breathes anew: they fly like sere leaves blowing.

She looks ahead with cold unseeing eyes;
She cares not though she bear or cause to perish;
The children whom she nurtures she will cherish,
But when she weans them, every claim denies.
Evil and Good gather them in thereafter
And play the cosmic game with idle laughter.
Yunna Morits
Yunna Morits
Yunna Morits , is a Soviet and Russian artist of many talents primarily known as a poet, was born in Kiev, USSR in a Jewish family. Her father Pinchas Moritz, was imprisoned under Stalin, she suffered from tuberculosis in her childhood, and spent years of hardship in the Urals during WWII...

(born 1937)


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Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was a multilingual Russian novelist and short story writer. Nabokov wrote his first nine novels in Russian, then rose to international prominence as a master English prose stylist...

Semyon Nadson
"Pity the Stately Cypress Trees"

Pity the stately cypress trees;
How freshly green they spring!
Ah! why amidst their branches, child,
Have you put up your swing?
Break not a single fragrant bough.
Oh, take thy swing away
To heights where thick acacias bloom;
Mid dusty olives play!
Thence you can see the Ocean,
And, as your swing ascends,
Through greening boughs a sunny glimpse
The sea in laughter sends
Of white sails in the distance dim,
Of white gulls far away,
Of white flakes foaming on the sands,
A fringe of snowy spray.
Vladimir Narbut
Vladimir Narbut
Vladimir Ivanovich Narbut - Russian poet of Ukrainian descent, and member of the Acmeist group, brother of Ukrainian artist and graphic designer Georgy Narbut.-Biography:...

Sergey Narovchatov
Sergey Narovchatov
Sergey Narovchatov was a Russian author and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Novy Mir from 1974 to 1981.-Works:*"Необычное литературоведение" [Unusual study of literature]...

Nikolay Nekrasov
Nikolai Alekseevich Nekrasov
Nikolay Alexeyevich Nekrasov was a Russian poet, writer, critic and publisher, whose deeply compassionate poems about peasant Russia won him Fyodor Dostoyevsky's admiration and made him the hero of liberal and radical circles of Russian intelligentsia, as represented by Vissarion Belinsky and...

The Russian Soldier

Then up there comes a veteran,
With medals on his breast;
He scarcely lives, but yet contrives
To drink with all the rest.
"A lucky man am I," he cries,
And thus to prove the fact he tries.
"In what consists a soldier's luck?
Pray, listen while I tell.
In twenty fights, or more, I've been,
And yet I never fell.
And, what is more, in peaceful times
Full meal I never knew;
Yet, all the same, I have contrived
Not to give Death his due.
Again, for sins both great and small,
Full many a time they've me
With canes unmercifully flogged,
Yet I'm alive, you see!"
Ivan Savvich Nikitin
Ivan Savvich Nikitin
Ivan Savvich Nikitin Born in Voronezh into a merchant family, Nikitin was educated in a seminary until 1843. His father's violence and alcoholism brought the family to ruin and forced young Ivan to provide for the household by becoming an innkeeper...


Though blameless thy living
As Anchorite's fate,
Yet gossip will find thee
Or early or late.

Through keyhole he enters
And stands at thy side,
Doors of wood nor of stone
Against him provide.

He pulls the alarm bell
At slightest excuse-
And down to thy grave
Will pursue with abuse.

Self defence nothing boots thee,
Thy flight he will worst-
To earth he will tread thee,
O Gossip be cursed!


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Alexander Odoevsky
Alexander Odoevsky
Alexander Ivanovich Odoevsky was a Russian poet and playwright, one of the leading figures of the 1825 Decembrist revolt...

The Ball
Nikolay Ogarev
Nikolay Ogarev
Nikolay Platonovich Ogarev , was a Russian poet, historian and political activist. He was deeply critical of the limitations of the Emancipation of the Serfs claiming that the serfs were not free but had simply exchanged one form of serfdom for another.Ogarev was a fellow-exile and collaborator of...

The Village Watchman

The night is dark, and clouds abound,
Appears the white snow everywhere;
The crackling frost pervades the ground,
And frigid is the atmosphere.

On either side the long, broad street
The peasants' cottages are seen;
The solitary watchman's feet
Are heard, as he moves on between.

Cold is he now; the hollow gale
Fills with violent blast the air;
The frost has touched his visage pale,
And whitened all his beard and hair.

Joy has fled from his gloomy brow,
He finds it hard to be alone;
Through the dark night, and blinding snow,
His song resounds with mournful tone.

By moonless nights he paces late,
Watching until the morn comes round;
His hammer upon the iron plate
Gives out a dreary, dismal sound.

And swaying ever to and fro,
The board prolongs its dreadful moan;
The heart dies down with feelings low,
And sorrow weighs it, lorn and lone.
Irina Odoyevtseva
Irina Odoyevtseva
Irina Vladimirovna Odoyevtseva was a Russian poet, novelist and author of memoirs...

Bulat Okudzhava
Bulat Okudzhava
Bulat Shalvovich Okudzhava was a Soviet and Russian poet, writer, musician, novelist, and singer-songwriter. He was one of the founders of the Russian genre called "author song"...



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Valentin Parnakh
Valentin Parnakh
Valentin Yakovlevich Parnakh was a Russian poet, translator, choreographer, and musician who is best remembered as a founding father of Soviet jazz.- Early years :...

Sophia Parnok
Boris Pasternak
Boris Pasternak
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a Russian language poet, novelist, and literary translator. In his native Russia, Pasternak's anthology My Sister Life, is one of the most influential collections ever published in the Russian language...

"The Drowsy Garden"

The drowsy garden scatters insects

Bronze as the ash from braziers blown.

Level with me and with my candle,

Hang flowering worlds, their leaves full-grown.

As into some unheard-of dogma

I move across into this night,

Where a worn poplar age has grizzled

Screens the moon's strip of fallow light,

Where the pond lies, an open secret,

Where apple bloom is surf and sigh,

And where the garden, a lake dwelling,

Holds out in front of it the sky.
Karolina Pavlova
Karolina Pavlova
Karolina Pavlova was a 19th century Russian poet and novelist who stood out from other writers on account of her unique appreciation of exceptional rhymes and imagery.-Biography:...

Vladimir Pecherin
Vladimir Pecherin
Father Vladimir Sergeyvich Pecherin , was a controversial Russian political figure both in nineteenth-century Ireland and in Russia...

Mariya Petrovykh
Mariya Petrovykh
Mariya Sergeevna Petrovykh was a Russian poet and translator.- Early life :...

Aleksey Plescheev
Aleksey Plescheev
Aleksey Nikolayevich Pleshcheyev was a radical Russian poet of the 19th century, one of the Petrashevsky Circle.Pleshcheyev's first book of poetry, published in 1846, made him famous: «Вперед! без страха и сомненья…» became widely known as "a Russian La Marseillaise" , «На зов друзей»...


Ah! could I but utter in song
All the anguish which robs me of peace,
Thy sorrow of soul would be stilled,
Thy murmur of doubting would cease!
I would breathe forth my life, my beloved.
As I told all my pain for thy sake;
And, bursting in passionate song.
My heart in its fulness would break.
Pyotr Pletnyov
Pyotr Pletnyov
Pyotr Alexandrovich Pletnyov was a minor Russian poet and literary critic, who rose to become the dean of the Saint Petersburg University and academician of the Petersburg Academy of Sciences ....

Elizaveta Polonskaya
Elizaveta Polonskaya
Elizaveta Grigorevna Polonskaya , born Movshenson, was a Russian Jewish poet, translator, and journalist, the only female member of the Serapion Brothers.-Early life:...

Yakov Polonsky
Yakov Polonsky
Yakov Petrovich Polonsky was a leading Pushkinist poet who tried to uphold the waning traditions of Russian Romantic poetry during the heyday of realistic prose....

A Gipsy Song

Pile of embers in the darkness,
Sparks expire as they fly
Night conceals us from the passing,
On the bridge we'll say good-by!

At the parting, shawl of crimson
Cross my shoulders thou shalt lace,
At an end the days swift passing,
Met within this shaded place.

In the morning, with first splendour.
All my life compelled to rove
I shall leave with other gipsies
Seeking happiness and love.

How does fate foretell my future?
Who, to-morrow by my side,
O'er my heart will loose with kisses
Knots by thy dear hand fast tied?

Flash of embers in the darkness,
Sparks expire as they fly
Night conceals us from the passing,
On the bridge we'll kiss good-by!
Nikolay Popovsky
Nikolay Nikitich Popovsky
Nikolay Nikitich Popovsky was a Russian poet and protege of Mikhail Lomonosov. Son of a priest serving at Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, in 1748 he was chosen by Vasily Trediakovsky at Lomonosov's behest amongst ten students from the Moscow Slavyano-Greko-Latin Academy to be enrolled in the...

Vasili Popugaev
Vasili Popugaev
Vasili Vasilyevich Popugaev was a Russian poet, novelist, and translator. He was one of the leaders of the Free Society of Lovers of Literature, Science, and the Arts.-Life:...

(1778 or 1779 – c. 1816)
Alexander Prokofyev
Alexander Prokofyev
Alexander Andreyevich Prokofyev was a Soviet poet. Prokofyev is best recognized for the motifs of Russian folklore found in his works.-Biography:...

Kozma Prutkov
Kozma Prutkov
Kozma Petrovich Prutkov is a fictional author invented by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy and his cousins, three Zhemchuzhnikov brothers, Alexei, Vladimir and Alexander, during the later part of the rule of Nicholas I of Russia....

Alexander Pushkin
Eugene Onegin
Eugene Onegin
Eugene Onegin is a novel in verse written by Alexander Pushkin.It is a classic of Russian literature, and its eponymous protagonist has served as the model for a number of Russian literary heroes . It was published in serial form between 1825 and 1832...

From Eugene Onegin

Lensky and Olga

Sometimes he read aloud with Olga
A latter day romance discreet,
Whose author truly painted nature,
With cunning plot, insight complete;
Oft he passed over a few pages,
Too bald or tasteless in their art
And coloring, began on further,
Not to disturb the maiden heart.
Again, they sat for hours together,
With but a chess board to divide
She with her arms propped on the table,
Deep pondering, puzzled to decide
Till Lensky from his inward storm
Captured her castle with his pawn!
Vasily Pushkin
Vasily Pushkin
Vasiliy Lvovich Pushkin was a minor Russian poet best known as an uncle of the much more famous Alexander Pushkin....



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Vladimir Raevsky
Vladimir Raevsky
Vladimir Fedoseyevich Rayevsky was a Russian poet who participated in the Patriotic war of 1812.After the war, when living in Tiraspol, he became a leading member of the Southern Society of Decembrists. The world's only known statue of him is located in Tiraspol....

Irina Ratushinskaya
Irina Ratushinskaya
Irina Borisovna Ratushinskaya is a prominent Russian dissident, poet and writer.Irina was educated at Odessa University, the city of her birth, and was graduated with a Master's Degree in physics in 1976...

(born 1954)
Yevgeny Rein
Yevgeny Rein
Yevgeny Borisovich Rein is a Russian poet and writer. His poetry won the State Prize of Russia , Pushkin Prize of Russia, and Tsarskoe Selo Art Prize ....

(born 1935)
Yevdokiya Rostopchina
Yevdokiya Rostopchina
Yevdokia Petrovna Rostopchina, was one of the early Russian women poets.After losing her mother at the age of six, Yevdokia Sushkova grew up in Moscow in the family of her maternal grandfather, Ivan Alexandrovich Pashkov...

Konstantin Romanov
Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia
Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia was a grandson of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia, and a poet and playwright of some renown...

Love's Reason Why

For beauty love me not!
Nor love for gold!
For beauty—love the Day—
For wealth—love coinage cold!

Nor love me for my youth!
For Youth—love spring!
But love—because to you
With constant love I cling.
Vsevolod Rozhdestvensky
Vsevolod Rozhdestvensky
Vsevolod Alexandrovich Rozhdestvensky was a Russian poet....

Robert Rozhdestvensky
Robert Rozhdestvensky
Robert Ivanovich Rozhdestvensky was a Soviet poet who in the broke with the Social Realism in 1950s–1960s and, along with such poets as Andrey Voznesensky, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and Bella Akhmadulina, pioneered a newer, fresher, and freer poetry in the Soviet Union.-Life:Robert Rozhdestvensky...

Nikolay Rubtsov
Nikolay Rubtsov
Nikolay Mikhaylovich Rubtsov was a Russian poet.He was killed by the woman with whom he spent the last one and a half years of his life.Asteroid 4286 Rubtsov was named after him.-External links:* *...

Kondraty Ryleyev


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David Samoylov
David Samoylov
David Samoylov , pseudonym of David Samuilovich Kaufman . He is a notable poet of War generation of Russian poets, and considered one of the most important Russian poets of the post-World War II era.-External links:* * *...

Genrikh Sapgir
Genrikh Sapgir
Genrikh Sapgir was a Russian poet and fiction writer.-Biography:He was born in Biysk to a family of a Moscow engineer on a business trip. The family returned to Moscow fairly soon....

Mikhail Savoyarov
Mikhail Savoyarov
Mikhail Savoyarov is a Russian chansonnier, composer, poet, comic actor and mime. In the first quarter of 20th century he was a famous satirical singer-songwriter. His popularity peak was in the years of war when he began to be called the King of eccentrics. It was also the time when he became...

Ilya Selvinsky
Ilya Selvinsky
Ilya Selvinsky was a Russian poet, and known leader of the Constructivist movement; as such, he implemented "a scientific approach into the realm of poetry."...

Igor Severyanin
Igor Severyanin
Igor Severyanin was a Russian poet who presided over the circle of the so-called Ego-Futurists.Igor was born in St. Petersburg in the family of an army engineer. Through his mother, he was remotely related to Nikolai Karamzin and Afanasy Fet. In 1904 he left for Manchuria with his father but later...

A Russian Song

Lace and roses in the forest morning shine,
Shrewdly the small spider climbs his cobweb line.

Dews are diamonding and blooming faery-bright.
What a golden air ! What beauty ! Oh, what light !

It is good to wander through the dawn-shot rye,
Good to see a bird, a toad, a dragon-fly;

Hear the sleepy crowing of the noisy cock,
And to laugh at echo, and to hear her mock.

Ah, I love in vain my morning voice to hurl,
Ah, off in the birches, but to glimpse a girl,

Glimpse, and leaning on the tangled
fence, to chase
Dawn's unwilling shadows from her morning face.

Ah, to wake her from her half-surrendered sleep,
Tell her of my new-sprung dreams, that lift and leap,

Hug her trembling breasts that press against my heart,
Stir the morning in her, hear its pulses start.
Varlam Shalamov
Varlam Shalamov
Varlam Tikhonovich Shalamov , baptized as Varlaam, was a Russian writer, journalist, poet and Gulag survivor.-Early life:Varlam Shalamov was born in Vologda, Vologda Governorate, a Russian city with a rich culture famous for its wooden architecture, to a family of a hereditary Russian Orthodox...

Stepan Shchipachev
Stepan Shchipachev
Stepan Shchipachev was a Russian poet. He is best known for the poem Lines of Love and the collections Musings , A Man's Hand , and Selected Works .-References:*...


The sunflower has nowhere

to shelter from the rain

his feet in mud, the water

between the beds won't drain.

Capped, carroty and freckled,

you see the chap remain

fast in the bed why should he

run? He likes the rain.
Vadim Shefner
Vadim Shefner
Vadim Sergeevich Shefner Вадим Сергеевич Шефнер was a Soviet and Russian poet and writer who started publishing poetry in 1936. His first poetry collection was published in 1940. He turned to philosophical science fiction in the early 1960s, but continued publishing non-genre fiction and...

Nikolay Sherbina
Nikolay Sherbina
Nikolay Fyodorovich Shcherbina - Russian poet of 19th century.Nikolay Shcherbina was born on December 2, 1821 in Mius district of Don Cossack Host in the mansion of his mother. His father was of Ukrainian descent, and his mother of Greek descent. The parents of Shcherbina moved into the city of...


Do you remember, dear-or care?
When I was but a little thing,
Among the garden-blossoms, there,
I brushed a bee and took its sting:
My finger pained me. Quick and hot,
My tears ran like a rivulet.
You laid upon the aching spot
A lump of brown earth, cool and wet…
And, all at once, there was no pain!
And you looked on, with your kind eyes,
To see me at my sport, again,
Of chasing dappled butterflies.
That time is long and long since flown;
But I received a later dart…
Oh, my dear friend, to you I own,
It is Love’s shaft within my heart!
So be it!-now I only crave
The perfect cure that with you lies-
A little cool earth from your grave
Above this heart, upon these eyes.
Vadim Shershenevich
Vadim Shershenevich
Vadim Gabrielevich Shershenevich was a Russian poet.-Earlier years:Shershenevich was born in Kazan, Russia on 25 January 1893 . He was the son of professor of Law Gabriel Feliksovich Shershenevich, a Polish national and a deputy of the first State Duma from the Constitutional Democratic party and...

Stepan Shevyryov
Stepan Shevyryov
Stepan Petrovich Shevyryov was a Russian poet, translator, literary critic and philologist...

Maria Shkapskaya
Maria Shkapskaya
-Early life:Maria was born in Saint Petersburg in 1891, the youngest of 5 children. Her parents were educated and cultured, but the family struggled financially, depending on her father's small pension. Her mother suffered from paralysis and her father had retired from a minor government position...

No Dream
Gennady Shpalikov
Gennady Shpalikov
Gennady Fyodorovich Shpalikov was a Soviet Russian poet and a screenwriter.Born in the town of Segezha, he moved to Moscow with his parents in 1939. In the fall of 1941, he was evacuated to the Kirghiz SSR, together with the Academy of Military Engineers, where his father, Fyodor Grigorievich...

Konstantin Simonov
Konstantin Simonov
Konstantin Mikhailovich Simonov was a Russian/Soviet author, known especially as a war poet.-Early years:He was born in Petrograd. His mother was born Princess Obolenskaya, of a Rurikid family. His father, an officer in the Tsar's army, left Russia after the Revolution in 1917. He died in Poland...

Wait for Me Wait For Me (1941)

Just wait for me and I'll return.

But wait, oh, wait with all your might. . .

Wait when your heart is saddened by

The pouring rains, the sallow light.

Wait when the wind heaps up the snow,

Wait when the air is dry and hot.

Wait when the rest no longer wait

For those whom they too soon forgot.

Wait when the letters fail to come,

Wait on, through dread and through despair,

When those who wait together end

Their waiting and turn otherwhere.

Just wait for me and I'll return.

And show no kindliness to such

As know by heart that it is time

To cease from grieving overmuch.

Let both my mother and my son

Believe me lost, let friends who tire

Of waiting longer sit them down

Barren of hope beside the fire,

And let them toast my memory

In bitter wine as friends will do.

Wait while they drink, be waiting still,

Nor lift the glass they pour for you.

Just wait for me and Til return,

To spite all deaths that men can die.

Let those who gave up waiting say:

"It was his luck"-that is a lie.

It is not theirs to understand

Who gave up waiting, wearily.

How under fire I was safe,

Since, waiting, you protected me.

And none but you and I will know

How I escaped the thrust of fate-

Simply because, better than all

The others, you knew how to wait.
Stepan Skitalets
Stepan Skitalets
Stepan Skitalets , , was the pen-name of Stepan Gavrilovich Petrov, a Russian/Soviet poet, writer of fiction and folk musician. The name Skitalets means "wanderer" in Russian.- Early life :...

Recited at a charity event, 1902.

A shadow falls upon your heads,
You will not like my song;
The emptiness inside you spreads-
It will not spread for long.

Of you, the world has had enough,
The years will soon be free
Of you, and made of finer stuff-
Life waits for men like me.
Konstantin Sluchevsky
Konstantin Sluchevsky
Konstantin Konstantinovich Sluchevsky , was a Russian poet.-Biography:Sluchevsky was born in St. Peterburg into a Russian noble family. He graduated from the First Cadet Corps, served in the Imperial Russian Guard, then entered the Academy of the General Staff, but in 1861 he quit the military...

Boris Slutsky
Boris Slutsky
Boris Slutsky was a Soviet poet of Russian language.Lived his childhood and youth in Harkov. In the year 1937 entered the law institute of Moscow, and since1939 studied also at the Institute of literature "Maxim Gorky" till 1941....

Fyodor Sologub
Fyodor Sologub
Fyodor Sologub was a Russian Symbolist poet, novelist, playwright and essayist. He was the first writer to introduce the morbid, pessimistic elements characteristic of European fin de siècle literature and philosophy into Russian prose.-Early life:...

The Amphora

In a gay jar upon his shoulder
The slave morosely carries wine.
His road is rough with bog and boulder,
And in the sky no starlights shine.
Into the dark with stabbing glances
He peers, his careful steps are slow,
Lest on his breast as he advances
The staining wine should overflow.

I bear my amphora of sorrow,
Long brimming with the wine it hides;
There poison for each waiting morrow
Ferments within the painted sides.
I follow secret ways and hidden
To guard the evil vessel, lest
A careless hand should pour unbidden
Its bitterness upon my breast.
Vladimir Soloukhin
Vladimir Soloukhin
Vladimir Alexeyevich Soloukhin was a Russian poet and writer. Born in Alepino, a village in what is now Vladimir Oblast, he was raised in a peasant family.Soloukhin was educated in a mechanical technicum, where he studied to be a mechanic....

Vladimir Solovyov
Vladimir Solovyov (philosopher)
Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov was a Russian philosopher, poet, pamphleteer, literary critic, who played a significant role in the development of Russian philosophy and poetry at the end of the 19th century...

"Below the Sultry Storm"

Below the sultry storm that seemed to lower,
An alien force, again I heard the call
Of my mysterious mate: the prisoned power
Of old dreams flared and flickered in its fall.

And with a cry of horror and of dolor-
As of an eagle in an iron vise-
My spirit shook its cage in quivering choler,
And tore the net, and issued to the skies.

And up behind the clouds, unswerving, bearing,-
Before the miracles a flaming sea-
Within the shining sanctum briefly flaring,
It vanished into white infinity.
Alexander Sumarokov
Alexander Sumarokov
Alexander Petrovich Sumarokov was a Russian poet and playwright who single-handedly created classical theatre in Russia, thus assisting Mikhail Lomonosov to inaugurate the reign of classicism in Russian literature....

Ivan Surikov
Ivan Surikov
Ivan Zakharovich Surikov was a self-taught peasant poet, best known for his folklore-influenced ballads, some of which were put to music by well-known composers , while some became real folk songs.-Biography:Ivan Surikov was born in Novosyolovo village near Uglich, son of Zakhar Adrianovich...

Mikhail Svetlov
Mikhail Arkadyevich Svetlov
Mikhail Arkadyevich Svetlov , born Scheinkman , was a Soviet Russian poet.-Biography:Svetlov was born into a poor Jewish family. He has been published since 1917. A member of Komsomol since 1919, Svetlov was sent to the First Congress of Proletarian Writers in Moscow in 1920 and took part in the...



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Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya
Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya
Yelizaveta Yakovlevna Tarakhovskaya was a Russian poet, playwright, translator, and author of children's books.-Biography:Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya was born in the city of Taganrog on July 26, 1891 in a pharmacist's family. She is sister to poetess Sophia Parnok and twin sister to founder of...

Arseny Tarkovsky
Arseny Tarkovsky
Arseny Alexandrovich Tarkovsky was a prominent Soviet and Russian poet and translator. He is considered one of the great 20th century Russian poets. He was also the father of influential film director Andrei Tarkovsky.-Origin:...

Nikolay Tikhonov
Nikolay Semenovich Tikhonov
Nikolai Semenovich Tikhonov - a Soviet writer, a member of the Serapion Brothers literary group.-Biography:...

Our Rooms

Our rooms are turned to rolling wagons

With wheels that creak on roads of air;

And down below, the moony water

Is playing gently with green hair.

We travel over crystal bridges,

Across the earth, across the sky.

Its red cheek pressed against our windows,

The sun sings out as we roll by.

And every heart's a summer beehive

Blazing with a dark honeyed gleam,

As though we were the lucky first ones

To bend our heads above the stream.

We do not know who leads us onward,

What end our hurrying wheels will find,

But, like a bird set free, the spirit

Darts on a wing that rips the wind.
Aleksey Tolstoy
Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
Count Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, often referred to as A. K. Tolstoy , was a Russian poet, novelist and playwright, considered to be the most important nineteenth-century Russian historical dramatist...

My Little Almond Tree

My little almond tree
Is gay with gleaming bloom,
My heart unwillingly
Puts forth its buds of gloom.

The bloom will leave the tree,
The fruit, unbidden, grow.
And the green boughs will be
By bitter loads brought low.
Vasily Trediakovsky
Marina Tsvetaeva
Marina Tsvetaeva
Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva was a Russian and Soviet poet. Her work is considered among some of the greatest in twentieth century Russian literature. She lived through and wrote of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Moscow famine that followed it. In an attempt to save her daughter Irina from...

"No Longer Now"

No longer now the same god-given bounties

Where now no longer the same waters glide.

Then fly, and hasten, doves of Aphrodite,

Through the great gates that sunset has swung wide.

And I on the chill sands shall lie, receding

Into the dimness of unreckoned days . . .

Like the shed skin the snake is coldly eyeing,

My youth, outgrown, has shrunk under my gaze.
Ivan Turgenev
Ivan Turgenev
Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His first major publication, a short story collection entitled A Sportsman's Sketches, is a milestone of Russian Realism, and his novel Fathers and Sons is regarded as one of the major works of 19th-century...

Veronika Tushnova
Veronika Tushnova
Veronika Mikhailovna Tushnova was a Soviet poet and member of the USSR Union of Writers.-Biography:Tushnova graduated from high school where she had pursued advanced studies of foreign languages...

Memory of the Heart
Aleksandr Tvardovsky
Aleksandr Tvardovsky
Aleksandr Trifonovich Tvardovsky was a Soviet poet, chief editor of Novy Mir literary magazine from 1950 to 1954 and 1958 to 1970...

The Starling

On the porch a trooper marvels

At a starling: "Take my word,

There is something to that fellow,

Yes, a starling's quite a bird.

"In this scorched and blistered garden

That's attached to our new base,

All day long the chap is busy,

Keeps at work about the place;

"He's rebuilding, he's repairing.

Just as if to signify:

War or no war, still the thing is

To increase and multiply."
Fyodor Tyutchev
Fyodor Tyutchev
Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev is generally considered the last of three great Romantic poets of Russia, following Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov.- Life :...


Be silent, hidden, and conceal
Whate'er you dream, whate'er you feel.
Oh, let your visions rise and die
Within your heart's unfathomed sky,
Like stars that take night's darkened route.
Admire and scan them and be mute.

The heart was born dumb; who can sense
Its tremors, recondite and tense?
And who can hear its silent cry?
A thought when spoken is a lie.
Uncovered springs men will pollute,
Drink hidden waters, and be mute.

Your art shall inner living be.
The world within your fantasy
A kingdom is that waits its Saul.
The outer din shall still its call,
Day's glare its secret suns confute.
Oh, quaff its singing, and be mute.


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Vladimir Uflyand
Vladimir Uflyand
Vladimir Uflyand was a Russian poet, famous for such poems as It has For Ages Been Observed; Now, At Last, Even Nikifor's A Suitor; The Peasant; and The Working Week Comes To An End....

Joseph Utkin
Iosif Utkin
Iosif Pavlovich Utkin was a Russian poet of the World War II generation.Utkin was born on 13 May at the Khingan station of the Chinese Eastern Railway, which his parents were helping to construct. After his birth the family returned to their native city Irkutsk, where the future poet lived until...

The Story About Ginger Motele
Mr. Inspector
Rabbi Isaiah and Commissar Bloch


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Konstantin Vaginov
Konstantin Vaginov
Konstantin Konstantinovich Vaginov was a Russian poet and novelist. In twenties he was a member of almost all the poetic groups of Saint Petersburg. In 1921 he joined Nikolai Gumilyov's Guild of Poets....

Dmitry Venevitinov
Dmitry Venevitinov
Dmitry Vladimirovich Venevitinov was a minor Russian Romantic poet who died at the age of 21, carrying with him one of the greatest hopes of Russian literature....

Igor Vishnevetsky
Igor Vishnevetsky
Igor Georgievich Vishnevetsky is a notable Russian poet. He has been a contributor and editor in numerous Russian literary journals and anthologies since the 1980s...

(born 1964)
Dmitry Vodennikov
Dmitry Vodennikov
Dmitry Vodennikov is a Russian poet and essayistIn 2002, he was named as one of the ten best living Russian poets in a poll of 110 leading Russian poets and critics, being one of just two poets under 35 in the top ten. Some critics name him as "perhaps the best known poet of his generation",...

(born 1968)
Maksimilian Voloshin

Whose the flying hands, about me shedding
Fire, and leading me on passionate ways?
No sonorous stones my feet are treading,
But where vatic waters fill the days.
Piercing through the spirit, sharp pilasters
Rise, and candle sting the dark like bees.
Oh, the hearts that bloom like crimson asters,
Petalled with gold-bladed ecstasies.
Now the evening on the temple flinging
Patterned, carven crimson, shines and mourns.
Oh, the pale brow to the altar clinging,
Stung anew with stinging scarlet thorns!
The whole soul, high vaults and portals glowing,
Fear like incense swathes with dim blue bands:
Ah, I know you, sacred corals, growing
On the pierced palms of these outstretched hands.
Andrey Voznesensky
Andrey Voznesensky
Andrei Andreyevich Voznesensky was a Soviet and Russian poet and writer who had been referred to by Robert Lowell as "one of the greatest living poets in any language." He was one of the "Children of the '60s," a new wave of iconic Russian intellectuals led by the Khrushchev Thaw.Voznesensky was...

Alexander Vvedensky
Pyotr Vyazemsky
Pyotr Vyazemsky
Prince Pyotr Andreyevich Vyazemsky or Petr Andreevich Viazemsky was a leading personality of the Golden Age of Russian poetry.- Biography :...


"Ah, Spring, sweet Spring, chief pride of Nature!"

The air is foul, the ground is sludge;

Men curse the mud when they go walking,

And plunged in muck, a horse can't budge.

The cab breaks down, so does the carriage;

Season of colds in chest and nose,

To you, fair Spring, is reverence tendered

By cartwrights and by medicos.
Vladimir Vysotsky
Vladimir Vysotsky
Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky was a Soviet singer, songwriter, poet, and actor whose career had an immense and enduring effect on Russian culture. He became widely known for his unique singing style and for his lyrics, which featured social and political commentary in often humorous street...



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Pyotr Yakubovich
Pyotr Yakubovich
Pyotr Filippovich Yakubovich was a was a Russian revolutionary, revolutionary poet and member of Narodnaya Volya during the 1880s. He graduated from the Faculty of History and Philology of Petersburg University . After graduating, he entered the Petersburg Department of Narodnaya Volya...

The Ninth Wave

Not for every plashing wavelet
Watches keen the helmsman’s eye;
He awaits the last huge roller,
When the ninth wave surges high.

But until that last strong roller
Swells with deep, decisive roar,
We must meet the strife and effort
Of the waves that go before.

Even though we scarce perceive them,
Sinking vanquished to their grave,
Wait, O brethren, wait with courage
For the ninth, the conqu’ring wave!
Alexander Yashin
Alexander Yashin
Alexander Yakovlevich Yashin was a Soviet writer associated with the Village Prose movement.-Early life:Alexander was born in northern Russia in the village of Bludnovo, Vologda Region, into a poor peasant family. Yashin finished a teacher's training college, and spent some time teaching in a...

Nikolay Yazykov
Nikolay Yazykov
Nikolay Mikhailovich Yazykov was a Russian poet and Slavophile who in the 1820s rivalled Alexander Pushkin and Yevgeny Baratynsky as the most popular poet of his generation....

The Sailor

Cruel is our lonely ocean,
Roaring always day and night;
Buried 'neath its wild commotion
Many a wreck lies, far from sight.

Courage, comrades! I, confiding,
To the free winds give my barque;
Forth it hastens, swiftly riding
O'er the billows grim and dark.

Thick the clouds fly o'er the heaven,
Fierce the gale grows, black the waves;
Hither, thither we are driven,
While the waking whirlwind raves.

Courage, comrades ! Peals the thunder,
High the watery heaps arise,
Yawning gulfs now draw us under,
Now we 're lifted to the skies.

Yet behold, our ship is nearing
Through the storm the wished-for land;
See, the vaults of heaven are clearing,
See, the port is near at hand.

Thither but brave hearts and ready
Will the billows speed along!
Courage, comrades! straight and steady
Flies our vessel, stanch and strong.
Pyotr Yershov
Pyotr Pavlovich Yershov
Pyotr Pavlovich Yershov was a Russian poet and author of the famous fairy-tale poem The Humpbacked Horse .-Biography:...

The Humpbacked Horse
Sergey Yesenin
"Hopes Painted By The Autumn Cold"

Hopes, painted by the autumn cold, are shining,
My steady horse plods on, like quiet fate,
His moist dun lip is catching at the lining
When the coat, flapping, flutters and falls straight.

On a far road the unseen traces, leading
Neither to rest nor battle, lure and fade;
The golden heel of day will flash, receding,
And labors in the chest of years be laid.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko is a Soviet and Russian poet. He is also a novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter, actor, editor, and a director of several films.-Early life:...

(born 1933)


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Nikolay Zabolotsky
Nikolay Zabolotsky
Nikolay Alexeyevich Zabolotsky - a Russian poet, children's writer and translator. He was a Modernist and one of the founders of the Russian avant-garde absurdist group Oberiu.-Life and work:...

Boris Zakhoder
Boris Zakhoder
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Yulia Zhadovskaya
The Contrast

Dear, you will soon forget me,
You I shall ne'er forget,
You'll find new loves for old ones,
For me love's sun is set.

New faces soon will greet you,
You'll choose yourself new friends,
New thoughts you'll get and haply
New joy to make amends:

While I in silent sorrow
Life's joyless way shall go,
And how I love and suffer
Only the grave will know.
Aleksey Zhemchuzhnikov
Aleksey Zhemchuzhnikov
Aleksey Mikhailovich Zhemchuzhnikov , 1821, Pochep, Chernigov Governorate, Russian Empire, - March 25 , 1908, Tambov, Russia) was a Russian poet, dramatist, essayist and literary critic, a nephew of Antony Pogorelsky, a cousin to A.K...

Vasiliy Zhukovsky
To a Floweret

Floweret, faded and forsaken,
Fragile beauty of the lea,
Autumn's cruel hand hath taken
All thy summer charms from thee.

Heigho! that the years must bring
This same destiny to all;
One by one our joys take wing,
One by one your petals fall.

So each evening rings the knell
Of some dream or rapture perished,
And the fleeting hours dispel
Each some vision fondly cherished.

Life's illusions lie unmasked,
And the star of hope burns paler.
Has not some sage long since asked:
Men or blossoms which are frailer?

See also

  • List of Russian language novelists
  • List of Russian language playwrights
  • Russian poetry
  • Russian literature
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  • Russian language
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    Russian is a Slavic language used primarily in Russia, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. It is an unofficial but widely spoken language in Ukraine, Moldova, Latvia, Turkmenistan and Estonia and, to a lesser extent, the other countries that were once constituent republics...

  • Russian culture
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