Add to favorite
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS

Russian Literature of the 18th Century
August 21, 2014 17:04

The art culture of the 18th century Russia was also going through profound changes. It was becoming more and more secular under the growing influence of the West. By the middle of the 18th century the main European styles, namely Classicism and Baroque took shape in Russia.

Antiochus Kantemir, Vasily Trediakovsky and Mikhail Lomonosov were the main representatives of Classicism in Russian literature. The first of them gained wide popularity as the author of satires. The jokes and mockery pointed at the establishment and the clergy provoked influential enemies of Kantemir at the court and delayed the books’ publication for three decades.

Vasily Trediakovsky is known as the author of the poem Tilemakhida. He also made a significant contribution into the theory of literature, having developed the Russian versification principles, which had influence on the poetry classics V.A. Zhukovsky. A.A. Delwig, and N. I. Gnedich. Lots of his subsequent works were odes with deep philosophical contents and high civic perception. In addition to that, he is the author of tragedies, satires and epigrams. Some of his writings are close to Baroque in their style.
Mikhail Lomonosov, according to V. G. Belinsky and Alexander Pushkin, is “the father and Peter the Great of the Russian literature”. He worked on creation of the Russian literary language and thus opened a new page in the history of Russian literature. The writer aimed at exempting Russian culture from the church influence. Mikhail Lomonosov revealed the riches of the live Russian speech. He demonstrated that the culture of the Russian people would not develop without it. He became the first Russian poet to convey the idea of the Russian national awareness: civic consciousness, optimism and interest in the historical past and future destiny of Russia.
When working in the field of literature he aimed at making Russian the language of philosophy, literature and science. Alexander Pushkin stated that Mikhail Lomonosov rescued the Russian language from alien impacts and showed the only right way for its development, i.e. the way of converging folk speech and literary language.

Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Russian Culture Russian History Russian Literature   

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

Culture of Kievan Rus' (9th -11th Centuries), Part 2 Artistic Culture of the 19th Century, Part 2 Artistic Culture of the 19th Century, Part 6 Russian ulture of the 16th Century Russian Culture of the 18th Century

comments powered by Disqus

Comment on our site

RSS   twitter   facebook   submit

Bookmark and Share

Russian Parliament in Action

search on the map
Giles  Perm  Orthodox Church  Russian media  Igor Stravinsky  Tuma  Wedding Train  Orthodoxy  Ukraine crisis  fashion designer  Boris Grebenshchikov  Anton Siluanov  Novgorod Region  Russian Cinema  Archeology  Maksim Dunayevsky  Russian business  Russian Literature  Russian history  Russian Wikipedia  Chelyabinsk Region  Kogalym  Russian transportation  Russian Astronauts  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Rock Music  Russian hockey  Dulag 100  RIA Novosti  Old Russian Ornaments  Yelena Isinbayeva  thermonuclear fusion  shopping and recreation centres in Yekaterinburg  Moscow  Russian businessmen  Russian tourism  Russian tourists  Anton Chekhov  Chelyabinsk meteorite  Kazan  IT  Oktyabrsky (Bashkortostan)  Luban  Painting  Russian retail sector  Exhibitions in Moscow  Trans-Siberian railway stops  Mitino park  Transaero  tourist guide 

Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites