N. A. Nekrasov: Moroz, krasnyi nos [Red-Nosed Frost]

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  • Michael Ransome

Red-Nosed Frost (Moroz, krasnyi nos) is undoubtedly the most accomplished work of its author, Nikolai Alekseevich Nekrasov. While showing his technical skill as a poet at its unforced best, it can also be argued to offer the essence of his philosophical views.

Completed in 1864, Red-Nosed Frost tells a sad story from the life of the Russian peasantry that is typical of Nekrasov's oeuvre. On this occasion the poet chooses the tragic fate of a young widow, Dar'ia, who perishes during the Russian winter. As in the earlier narrative poem The Pedlars (Korobeiniki, 1861), the story is simple, but the literary prowess is, if anything, even greater than before. Nekrasov again secures a seamless …

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Ransome, Michael. "Moroz, krasnyi nos". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 March 2004
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