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Anton Delvig

Anton Delvig

Jan 30, 2009, 3:02 PM 2

Delvig, Poet, and friend of A. Pushkin told:

"The more close to sky, the more freeze!.."


Anton Delvig

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Commemorative plaque at Delvig's lodgings in Zagorodniy Prospekt, Saint Petersburg

Baron Anton Antonovich Delvig (Russian: Анто́н Анто́нович Де́львиг) (17 August [O.S. 6 August] 1798, Moscow - 26 January [O.S. 14 January] 1831, St. Petersburg) was a Russian poet and journalist who studied in the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum together with Alexander Pushkin, with whom he became a close friend. Pushkin dedicated a poem ('O, Delvig') to him. Delvig commissioned a portrait of Pushkin from Orest Kiprensky which Pushkin bought from Delvig's widow after his friend's death.

In his poetry, Delvig upheld the waning traditions of Russian Neoclassicism. He became interested in Russian folklore and wrote numerous imitations of folk songs. Some of these were put to music by the composers Alexander Alyabyev and Mikhail Glinka.

As a journalist, Delvig edited the periodical Northern Flowers (1825–1831), in which Pushkin was a regular contributor. In 1830–1831, he co-edited with Pushkin the Literary Gazette (1830–1831), which was banned by the Tsarist government after information laid by Faddei Bulgarin.

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