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Tu et Vous

Tu et Vous

Pustoye vy serdechnym ty
Ona, obmolvyas, zamenila
I vse schastlivye mechty
V dushe vlyublyonnoi vozbudila.
Pred ney zadumchivo stoyu,
Svesti ochei s neyo net syly
I govoryu ey: kak vy mily!
A myslyu: kak tebya lyublyu!

Tu et Vous

No empty ‘vous’, but a heartfelt ‘tu’ –
Such was the careless slip she made,
Stirring happy dreams of love
In my enamoured soul.
I stand before her, lost in thought,
I cannot take my eyes from her,
And so I say: ‘Que vous êtes belle!’
And yet I think: ‘Que je t’aime!’

Composer

Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky was a 19th-century Russian composer. He bridged the gap in Russian opera composition between Mikhail Glinka and the later generation of The Five and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.


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Poet

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (6 June 1799 – 10 February 1837) was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow. His father, Sergey Lvovich Pushkin, belonged to Pushkin noble families. A maternal great-grandfather was African-born general Abram Petrovich Gannibal. He published his first poem at the age of 15, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by the time of his graduation from the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum. Upon graduation from the Lycee, Pushkin recited his controversial poem "Ode to Liberty", one of several that led to his being exiled by Tsar Alexander the First. 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 his brother-in-law, Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès, also known as Dantes-Gekkern, a French officer serving with the Chevalier Guard Regiment, who attempted to seduce the poet's wife, Natalia Pushkina.

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