Aleksandr Pushkin, Mednyy vsadnik [The Bronze Horseman]

A.D.P. Briggs (University of Bristol)
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Alexander [Aleksandr] Pushkin wrote the finest of his narrative poems,

Mednyi vsadnik


The Bronze Horseman


in 1833, although only the prologue was published in his lifetime; the full version first appeared only in 1841. This poem has been described as the best in the Russian language, and even the best poem written anywhere in the nineteenth century. Such praise is founded upon its several remarkable qualities: a strong story-line, serious thought content of universal application, and splendidly expressive poetry covering a wide range of mood from conversational chatter, through some sublime passages of praise for Tsar Peter the Great (Peter I, 1672-1725) and the Russian nation, to exuberant descriptions of nature at her most violent.

The poem consists of just under five hundred lines

1505 words

Citation: Briggs, A.D.P.. "Mednyy vsadnik". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 April 2005 [, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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