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The Dress Rehearsal? Russian Realism And Modernism Through War And Revolution

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The Russo-Japanese War and the ensuing political events affected all strata of Russian society, and - not surprisingly - found their reflection in the literature of the period. In the context of the Russo-Japanese War, the images related to the myth of Ceasar appealed to Valerii Briusov more strongly than any other. Vladimir Solovev questions the self-congratulatory attitude that characterizes Russia's perception of itself in the light of the idea of the Third Rome. One could produce an entire anthology of Russian poems inspired by the tragedy of Tsushima and events related to the Russo-Japanese War, if such does not already exist. These poetic testimonies are no less valid than any other historical, journalistic, novelistic, or military accounts. Konstantin Balmont also wrote poems about the war, but they are not that significant.

Keywords: Konstantin Balmont; Russian poems; Russo-Japanese War; Third Rome; Tsushima; Valerii Briusov; Vladimir Solovev



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