Saturday, March 13, 2010

RUSSIA - Moscow : the Monument to Pushkin

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The Monument to PUSHKIN

At the crossing of Tverskoy boulevard and Tverskaya street there stretches out one of the most popular squares of Moscow – Pushkinskaya square. And here, in the square, there is a monument to the first poet of Russia – Alexander Pushkin, that was erected by sculptor Alexander Opekushin.

The monument is standing in the center of Moscow, and this is the place where lovers like to date; here different politicians hold meetings, and poetry-lovers arrange improvised concerts.

Unveiling of the monument in June 1880 turned into a three-day popular festival... As the monument was erected not for the state money, but the money of the people who collected it by subscription.

The overall height of the monument is 11 meters. The pedestal (architect I.S. Bogomolov) bears the poetry lines of Pushkin. Nationwide love to the monument turned to be the best witness of artistic success of the sculptor.

The place for the monument was not selected by mistake either: many pages of the poet's life have been linked with Tverskoy boulevard – here at the ball he met his would-be wife – a beauty Nataly Goncharova.

Aleksandr Sergeyevich PUSHKIN

Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Серге́евич Пу́шкин) (June 6 [O.S. May 26] 1799–February 10 [O.S. January 29] 1837) was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.
Pushkin pioneered the use of vernacular speech in his poems and plays, creating a style of storytelling—mixing drama, romance, and satire—associated with Russian literature ever since and greatly influencing later Russian writers. He also wrote historical fiction. His Marie: A Story of Russian Love provides insight into Russia during the reign of Catherine the Great. Pushkin pioneered the use of

Born in Moscow, Russia, Pushkin published his first poem at the age of fifteen, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by the time of his graduation from the Imperial Lyceum in Tsarskoye Selo. Pushkin gradually became committed to social reform and emerged as a spokesman for literary radicals; in the early 1820s he clashed with the government, which sent him into exile in southern Russia. While under the strict surveillance of government censors and unable to travel or publish at will, he wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov, but could not publish it until years later. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was published serially from 1825 to 1832.

Pushkin and his wife Natalya Goncharova, whom he married in 1831, later became regulars of court society. In 1837, while falling into greater and greater debt amidst rumors that his wife had started conducting a scandalous affair, Pushkin challenged her alleged lover, Georges d'Anthès, to a duel. Pushkin was mortally wounded and died two days later.

Because of his political views and influence on generations of Russian rebels, Pushkin was portrayed by Bolsheviks as an opponent to bourgeois literature and culture and a predecessor of Soviet literature and poetry. In 1937, the town of Tsarskoe Selo was renamed Pushkin in his honor.

Great-Grandson of Abram Petrovich Gannibal, Aleksandr Pushkin is considered by some to be the best-known and high-profiled African-Russian.


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The monument to Pushkin


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