Major poets, works, styles, themes, politics, historical influence of first two decades of 20th Cent.
The Russian civilization developed a culture rich in poetry. It was a culture that came to a roiling boil with the Silver Age, roughly the first two decades of the 20th Century (Todd lxviii), then came to a wall of near-crushing silence with Josef Stalin’s ascension to power. But Russian poets did not stop talking, and the Silver Age never died. Russian poetry of the Silver Age remained a living inspiration to Russian poets up through the end of the communist era.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko writes with excitement of his 1972 Adventures: smuggling to the West the poems of Aleksandr Blok (1880-1921) in the handbag of movie star Marina Vlady (Yevtushenko li). Fifty year-old poems treated like the lyrics of a rock star pop song – and feared by the Soviet government with the danger of a bomb!