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Translators’ note: On Gavrila Derzhavin and Alexander Pushkin

Gavrila Derzhavin (1743–1816) was one of the major Russian poets of the generation before Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837), essentially neoclassical, but with a striking verbal and rhythmic originality. “The River of Time” is his last poem. It was found, untitled, jotted down on a slate that he left on his desk three days before his death. […]

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