Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin
Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin Poems
- Felitsa God-like Tsarevna Of the Kirgiz-Kaisatskii horde! ...
- God O Thou, who's infinite in space, Alive in ever-moving ...
- The Current Of Time's River The current of time's river Will...
- Monument I built myself a monument, eternal and ...
- The Bullfinch Why do you strike up songs military ...
- On The Death Of Prince Meshche... O, Voice of time! O, ...
- The Swan I'll leave the mortal world behind, Take wing in an...
Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin was arguably one of the greatest Russian poets before Alexander Pushkin, as well as a statesman. Although his works are traditionally considered literary classicism, his best verse is rich with antitheses and conflicting sounds in a way reminiscent of John Donne and other metaphysical poets.
Derzhavin was born in Kazan. His distant ancestor Morza Bagrim, who relocated from the Great Horde in the 15th century to Moscow, was baptized and became a vassal of the Russian Grand Prince Vasily II. Nevertheless, by the 18th century Derzhavin's father was just a poor country squire who died when Gavrila was still young. He received a little ... more »
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Of the Kirgiz-Kaisatskii horde!
Whose wisdom matchless
Opened the true path
To young Prince Khlor
To go up on that high peak
Where the rose without thorns grows,
Where virtue dwells:
It takes my spirit and mind prisoner,
Tell me how to find it.
Tell me, Felitsa:
How to live opulently yet justly,
How to subdue the storm of passions
And be happy in the world.
Your voice wakes me,
Your son sends me;
But to follow them I am too weak.
Disturbed by everyday trifles,
Today I control myself,
But tomorrow ...