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Vozrozhdenie, 'Rebirth' (1936) Op. 46 no.1

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Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin (Op. 46)

Vozrozhdenie, 'Rebirth'

Khudozhnik-varvar kist’iu sonnoi
Kartinu geniia chernit
I svoi risunok bezzakonnyi
Nad nei bessmyslenno chertit.
No kraski chuzhdye s letami
Spadaiut vetkhoi cheshuei;
Sozdanye geniia pred nami
Vykhodit s prezhnei krasotoi.
Tak ischezaiut zabluzhden’ia
S izmuchennoi dushi moei,
I voznikaiut v nei viden’ia
Pervonachal’nykh, chistykh dnei.


With his lethargic brush, an artist-barbarian
Scrawls over a painting made by a genius,
Tracing his own illicit sketch
Over it without reason.
But with the years, these alien colours
Fall away like decrepit scales;
And the creation of that genius
Appears before us in its former beauty.
In the same way, delusions disappear
From my anguished soul,
And in their place, visions arise within it,
Visions of pure and primal days.

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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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