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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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Genius and the Commerce of Poetry

Genius and the Commerce of Poetry

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(p.158) 6 Genius and the Commerce of Poetry
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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/9780199234745.003.0007

This chapter examines strategies of self-presentation in the literary marketplace, drawing connections between poems about censorship, commercial pressures, and art for art's sake, and the prophetic power that Pushkin arrogates to the poet. It argues that Pushkin's path to the confidence manifested in ‘The Prophet’ lies through his imitation of the French poet André Chénier whose life and poetry demonstrated the perils and rewards of poetic authority.

Keywords:   Pushkin, lyric poetry, The Prophet, poet, poetic egoism, André Chénier

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