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Pushkin's Lyric Intelligence$
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Andrew Kahn

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234745

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234745.001.0001

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The Meaning of Beauty

The Meaning of Beauty

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(p.62) 3 The Meaning of Beauty
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Pushkin's Lyric Intelligence
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Andrew Kahn (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234745.003.0004

Towards the end of his life, Pushkin returned to classically inspired forms, including a cycle of Anacreontic imitations, poems about statuary, imitations of Horace, and an impassioned defence of Boileau. The resurgence of classicism in Pushkin in the 1830s has caused bafflement. In fact, his poetic practice reflects a context in which aesthetic theories actively discussed the relation between form and creative power. This chapter explores Pushkin's ostensible conservatism, and even archaism, against the backdrop of European and Russian thinking about art, in which the meaning of the classical is no less dynamic and innovative than the Romantic.

Keywords:   Pushkin, lyric poetry, Boileau, Romantic Hellenism, plastic arts, Platonic ideal, classicism, invention

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