The Romantic Period (The History of Nineteenth Century by D. Cizevski

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The treatment of the Nordic landscape in The Island of Bornholm is particularly impressive. Such descriptions of nature were something new to the Russian reader, who was not really accustomed to pretty writing. Poor Lisa begins with a description of the view of Moscow from the rise on which the Simonov monastery stands. 2. EDITOR] Page 12 I come to this place and almost always welcome spring here. I come here too on dark fall days to grieve with nature. The wind howls dreadfully in the walls of the abandoned monastery, between the graves overgrown with tall grass, and in the dark passageways between the cells.

Classicism in the Romantic Period 168 VII. Notes on the Cultural History of the Romantic Period 173 Bibliography 179 Index 221 Page vii Editor's Foreword The Romantic era has a particularly prominent place in Russian literature. It was during the Romantic era that Russian poetry and prose first achieved a substantially high level and became an important part of the literature of the Western world. Actually, most of Russia's great names in nineteenth-century literature were associated with this "Golden Age" in Russian poetry and extremely significant age in Russian prose.

Even here he was not really an innovator. One finds the same vocabulary that he used in the private correspondence and diaries of educated Russians in the second half of the eighteenth century. Primarily, Karamzin rejected the theory of the "three styles," which had sharply divided the literary and spoken languages. Otherwise he simply made use of classical poetics with its demand for clarity of language, although he did not always follow the precepts of school-book grammar (as in his use of short and long adjectival forms).

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