Sergei Aleksandrovich Esenin

(1918 words)
  • Gordon McVay (University of Bristol)

The Russian poet Sergei Aleksandrovich Esenin (1895–1925) led a short and turbulent life, which quickly passed into legend and myth. From his meteoric literary debut in Petrograd in 1915 until his suicide in a Leningrad hotel in 1925, Esenin assumed in rapid succession a number of literary “masks” – pastoral angel (1915–16), peasant prophet (1917–18), last poet of the village, tender hooligan (1919–21), tavern rake (1922–23), ex-hooligan (late 1923), would-be bard of the new Soviet Russia (mid-1924 until March 1925), and, finally, elegiac foreteller of his own imminent death (1925).

Although Esenin’s poetry is highly autobiographical and even “confessional”, the …

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McVay, Gordon. "Sergei Aleksandrovich Esenin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 February 2005
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