Alexander Pushkin

Poems by Alexander Pushkin

His mother's grandfather was a Negro (or an Arab) who, the story goes, was bought for Peter the Great at Constantinople for a bottle of rum, and who married a German. His father was descended from an ancient Russian family. The poet, inheritor of these curious strains, was educated chiefly by ineffectual French tutors and an old Russian nurse. At eighteen he graduated from an aristocratic school at Tsarskoe Selo, an indifferent scholar, but a writer with a reputation for light and lewd verse. The next three years he spent at the northern capital, where "all the vices dance upon the knees of folly." He was nominally attached to the Foreign Office, but was chiefly sowing his wild oats. By his liberal velleities and merciless epigrams he stung the authorities to the Countercheck Quarrelsome, and the enfant terrible was shipped south and subsequently to his own estate. During his not too disagreeable southern exile he divided his time with persistent unfaithfulness between the maids and the Muse. Back in Petersburg, in 1826, he was lionized by the ladies and harassed by the censors. At thirty-two he married a girl nearly half his age, with the face of a madonna and the soul of a brainless coquette. To provide for her needs, the poet worked feverishly, and that she might be received at court, he secured a court appointment. Financial cares and domestic worries soon saddened and aged him. He was destroyed by the aristocratic philistines whose good graces he half-unwillingly sought. An intrigue, involving Pushkin's wife and her brother-in-law, Baron Dantes (D'Anthès), resulted in a duel in which the poet was mortally wounded, at the age of thirty-seven.

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in german

Alexander Puschkin (deutsch)

1825

1827

1828

1829

1836

in french

Alexandre Pouchkine (français)

1825

1826

1828

1836

in bulgarian

Александър Пушкин (български)

1836

in italian

Aleksandr Puškin (italiano)

1836

in chinese

亚历山大 普希金 (中文)

1825

in ukrainian

Олександр Пушкін (українська)

1825

in croatian

Aleksandar Puškin (hrvatski)

1825

1828

1829

in turkish

Aleksandr Puşkin (türkçe)

1836

in hungarian

Alekszandr Puskin (magyar)

1836

in finnish

Aleksandr Puškin (suomi)

1826

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1836

in malay

Alexander Pushkin (bahasa melayu)

1815

1828

1830