The Concept of Freedom in Artistic Expression as Held by Russian Poets during the 1917 Revolution

  • Neža Zajc Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Keywords: poetry, personal records, revolution, verbal art, the issue of artistic freedom, the idea of freedom of creation

Abstract

The article deals with the situation among Russian intellectuals in 1917, when Russian reality was simmering with revolutionary events and concomitant complications. The author focuses on the state of consciousness of selected poets: Alexander A. Blok, Osip E. Mandelstam, Vladislav Hodasevich, and Anna A. Akhmatova. Particular attention is given to personal documents, such as diaries, letters and testimonies. The paper seeks to describe as authentically as possible the experience of the abovementioned poets (their responses, doubts, questions raised by the historical events) and their attempts to embrace the historical reality as a totality of ideas. This conceptual totality was most prominently reflected in their thoughts about artistic freedom or freedom of creation. Presented in detail is the inner life (motives, initiatives, needs) of those verbal artists who felt called upon to help people spiritually by means of their creativity.

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Published
2018-06-13
How to Cite
Zajc, N. (2018). The Concept of Freedom in Artistic Expression as Held by Russian Poets during the 1917 Revolution. Monitor ISH, 20(1), 139-177. https://doi.org/10.33700/1580-7118.20.1.139-177(2018)
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Original scientific article