Download e-book for kindle: A History of Russian Symbolism by Avril Pyman

By Avril Pyman

ISBN-10: 0521024307

ISBN-13: 9780521024303

This e-book is the 1st specific heritage of the Russian Symbolist flow, which served because the seedbed of Existentialism and Modernism in Russia. It reassesses the symbolists' achievements within the mild of recent learn, concentrating on their literary works. Prose is quoted in English translation and poetry is given within the unique Russian with prose translations. there's a worthwhile bibliography of basic resources and an intensive chronological appendix. This booklet will fill a long-felt hole for college kids and academics of Russian and comparative literature, symbolism, modernism, and pre-revolutionary Russian tradition.

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It was in a poem inspired by another great monument of the ancient world, the Roman Pantheon, that Merezhkovsky expressed the essence of a dilemma which was to occupy his thought throughout the 1890s. His question was, essentially: Is not Christianity opposed to culture and to the world? Is it not a cult of death and self-denial? I, Dmitrii, a lonely human being, love and need Christ, but I, Dmitrii Sergeevich Merezhkovsky, writer, poet and thinker, need World Culture from ancient times to the present day and the material world of which it is a reflection.

54 It is certainly true that Merezhkovsky's poetry comes alive when he writes of his own problems in terms of images presented by literature, art, myth . . ). It was in a poem inspired by another great monument of the ancient world, the Roman Pantheon, that Merezhkovsky expressed the essence of a dilemma which was to occupy his thought throughout the 1890s. His question was, essentially: Is not Christianity opposed to culture and to the world? Is it not a cult of death and self-denial? I, Dmitrii, a lonely human being, love and need Christ, but I, Dmitrii Sergeevich Merezhkovsky, writer, poet and thinker, need World Culture from ancient times to the present day and the material world of which it is a reflection.

Our assurance that this is so comes from our mystic awareness of 'meons' (from a Greek word meaning 'that which does not exist'). We become aware of meons in moments of 'ecstasy', most often engendered by art. 28 To cross the floor from a generally respected agnostic attitude to this kind of aesthetic mysticism must have required a good deal of moral courage. After all, the first thing that had to be done was to renounce the profoundly heart-warming notion that art is useful: 'For me, the realisation that utilitarianism will bring forth no fruit is not a matter of intellectual speculation, but of experienced suffering', wrote Minsky.

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