July 01, 2013

Young Pushkin

Young Pushkin

In July 1813, the schoolboy Sasha Pushkin, nicknamed “the Frenchman” by his classmates at the Lycée in Tsarskoye Selo, was just 14 years old. He was already exhibiting a gift for poetry, but his mind was preoccupied with the same things that tend to engage the mind of any 14-year-old boy. So in the poem “The Monk,” which Pushkin wrote during June-July 1813, the young poet is clearly less concerned with rhyme and meter then with the somewhat indecent story of how the devil attempts to seduce a well-respected monk by showing him a woman’s skirt.


«Что вижу я!.. иль это только сон?—

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