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Alexander Pushkin is the Most Popular Poet in RuNet
July 7, 2015 13:43 has analyzed users’ interest in the Russian poetry and published the research results.

One of subjects of user searches is poems. People look for names and authors of various poems or just a line from them. Such searches are few — from three hundred thousand to one million a week. However, they are enough to see, which poems people look for more often, what poets are more in demand, and what eras and poetry styles are more interesting to the majority.

We have studied search queries of users from April, 2014 to March, 2015 — about 37 million searches.

Timescale of Russian Poetry
Over a year people searched for about 1300 authors. 7 per cent of searches fell on foreign-language poetry, as well as religious texts, such as the Bible or the Koran — they were not included in this research.
In total Yandex users set about 34 million searches for works by 728 Russian-language poets in a year. 56 poets were looked for no less than 100 thousand times. 160 authors were asked for no less than 10 thousand times in a year. These poets lived and wrote poetry for about three hundred years — from the early 18th century (Mikhail Lomonosov) till today.

Popularity of Russian Poets
32 per cent of searches are related to the Golden Age of Russian poetry — of course, Alexander Pushkin's writings rank first (18 per cent of all searches for poetry). The interest in the Silver Age poets is a little less: 26 per cent of user searches fell on their works. Sergey Yesenin (7 per cent) and Alexander Blok (3 per cent) are in the lead here. The most popular trend of the Silver Age poetry is Imagism, in many respects due to searches for Sergey Yesenin's verses in 2014-2015. Symbolism and Futurism became the biggest trends: the top of authors, who gained over 100 thousand searches, includes four representatives of each of these trends.
As for the poets born at the beginning of the 20th century, the most looked for are the military lyrics authors (Konstantin Simonov and Alexander Tvardovsky). Among the poets born in the 1920s -1930s the most popular are singer songwriters, such as Vladimir Vysotsky, Yuri Vizbor, and Bulat Okudzhava.
The most famous children's poet, but for Alexander Pushkin is Samuil Marshak. He ranks 11 in the general rating of poets and is followed by Korney Chukovsky and Sergey Mikhalkov. The most modern of those children's poets, who are in high demand on Yandex.Ru is Eduard Uspensky born in 1937.
Marina Tsvetaeva turns to be the author of the biggest number of famous poems: in a year users searched for 1260 various works written by her. She is followed by Anna Akhmatova (858 popular verses) and Alexander Pushkin (777). In the top of popular authors there is Alexander Griboyedov as well, who is looked for only one work, namely his famous poetic comedy play Woe from Wit.
The most popular work in the Russian poetry is Alexander Pushkin’s poetic novel Eugene Onegin – it was searched for nearly one million times within a year. The Tale of Tsar Saltan ranks second — it was looked more than half a million times for. Woe from Wit written by Alexander Griboyedov takes the third place – it had three times less searches than Eugene Onegin.


Author: Vera Ivanova

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