Blissful musical poetry
Discussion on Sergey Yesenin at National Museum
A musical-poetry evening titled "Lyrical Voice Of Russia" dedicated to the great Russian poet Sergey Yesenin was recently held at Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh in the city. The event was jointly organised by the Russian Center for Science and Culture and Russian Compatriots Association in Bangladesh "RODINA".
Maxim Dobrokhotov, Director of RCSC (Russian Center for Science and Culture) delivered the welcomed speech. He talked about Sergey Yesenin, his literary works and immense contributions to Russian literature.
Bengali artists group "Shonon" recited several poems translated from original Russian texts. The graduated from soviet universities, members of Soviet Alumni Association, rendered some Russian songs based on lyrics of Sergey Ysenin.
Sergei Alexandrovich Yesenin was a Russian lyric poet, born in1895. He is one of the most popular and well-known Russian poets of the 20th century.
Sergei Yesenin was born in Konstantinovo in Ryazan Governorate of the Russian Empire to a peasant family. He spent most of his childhood with his grandparents, who essentially raised him. He began to write poetry at the age of nine.
In 1912, Yesenin moved to Moscow, where he supported himself working as a proofreader in a printing company. The following year he enrolled in Moscow Charnyavsky University as an external student and studied there for a year and a half. His early poetry was inspired by Russian folklore. In 1915, he moved to Petrograd, where he became acquainted with fellow-poets Alexander Blok, Sergey Gorodetsky, Nikolai Klyuev and Andrei Bely and became well known in literary circles. Blok was especially helpful in promoting Yesenin's early career as a poet. Yesenin said that Bely gave him the meaning of form while Blok and Klyuev taught him lyricism.
In 1916, Yesenin published his first book of poems, Radunitsa. Through his collections of poignant poetry about love and the simple life, he became one of the most popular poets of the day. His first marriage was in 1913 to Anna Izryadnova, a co-worker from the publishing house, with whom he had a son, Yuri.
From 1916 to 1917, Yesenin was drafted into military duty, but soon after the October Revolution of 1917, Russia exited World War I. Believing that the revolution would bring a better life, Yesenin briefly supported it, but soon became disillusioned. He sometimes criticised the Bolshevik rule in such poems as The Stern October Has Deceived Me.
In August 1917 Yesenin married for a second time to Zinaida Raikh. They had two children, a daughter Tatyana and a son Konstantin. The parents quarreled and lived separately for some time prior to their divorce in 1921. Tatyana became a notable writer, and Konstantin Yesenin would become a well-known soccer statistician.
In 1918, Yesenin founded his own publishing house called "Labor Company of the Artists of the Word". Together with Anatoly Marienhof, they founded the Russian literary movement of imaginism.
On December 28 in 1925, Yesenin was found dead in his room in the Hotel Angleterre in St Petersburg. His last poem Goodbye my friend, goodbye according to Wolf Ehrlich was given to him the day before. Yesenin complained that there was no ink in the room, and he was forced to write with his blood.