Thursday, 4 April 2013

Ukraine garden

Russian poet and writer Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin (Ива́н Алексе́евич Бу́нин) was inspired by gardens, travel and the Alupka palace (designed for Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov by one of the architect team for Walter Scott's Abbotsford Edward Blore).The first Russian to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, he was born in 1870 and died France in 1953 (having emigrated there shortly after the Revolution).

His visit to Alupka in the Crimea and the Vorontsov Palace in 1900 resulted in the poem Long alley leading down to the shore. This is a poem of sensual intent reminiscent of Tennyson's conflation of gardens, paths and sexual availability. But with a bitter sweet edge and a big sky. Pushkin meets Russian Symbolism.


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More information here http://worontsovpalace.com.ua/ and the poem in Russian can be found here http://bunin.niv.ru/bunin/stihi/231.htm.

Hard to find a book of his poetry translated...let us know if you find one...

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