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Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow. His matrilineal great-grandfather was Abram Gannibal, who was Kidnapped from what is now Ethiopian Empire. 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 Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum.
While under the strict surveillance of the Tsar’s political police and unable to publish, Pushkin wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was serialized between 1825 and 1832.
Pushkin was fatally wounded in a duel with Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d’Anthès, a French officer serving with the Chevalier Guard Regiment who attempted to seduce the poet’s wife, Natalya Pushkina.
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Eugene Onegin a novel in verse written by Alexander Pushkin
Onegin is considered 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. The first complete edition was published in 1833, and the currently accepted version is based on the 1837 publication.
Almost the entire work is made up of 389 stanzas of iambic tetrameter with the unusual rhyme scheme”AbAbCCddEffEgg”, where the uppercase letters represent feminine rhymes while the lowercase letters represent masculine rhymes. This form has come to be known as the “Onegin stanza” or the “Pushkin sonnet.”
The innovative rhyme scheme, the natural tone and diction, and the economic transparency of presentation all demonstrate the virtuosity which has been instrumental in proclaiming Pushkin as the undisputed master of Russian poetry.
The story is told by a narrator (a lightly fictionalized version of Pushkin’s public image), whose tone is educated, worldly, and intimate. The narrator digresses at times, usually to expand on aspects of this social and intellectual world. This allows for a development of the characters and emphasizes the drama of the plot despite its relative simplicity.
The book is admired for the artfulness of its verse narrative as well as for its exploration of life, death, love, ennui, convention and passion.
- Eugene Onegin: A dandy from Saint Petersburg, about 25. An arrogant, selfish and world-weary cynic.
- Vladimir Lensky: A young poet, about 18. A very romantic and naïve dreamer.
- Tatyana Larina: A shy and quiet, but passionate, landowner’s daughter. Pushkin referred to her as aged 17 in a letter to Pyotr Vyazemsky.
- Olga Larina: Tatyana’s younger sister, a vain coquette.
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