Yevgeny Yevtushenko: A Poet’s Life
A look at his life and work and how it reflected and criticized the Soviet Union of his day.
The Russian poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, was a man who risked his life for his profession. A bit of a publicist, a bit of a journalist, something of an orator, and definitely a poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko became the most popular of contemporary Soviet writers. He was the leading literary spokesman for the generation of Russians who grew to maturity after Stalin’s death. Yevtushenko’s poetry is charged with a sense of civic responsibility and constantly focused on the main problems of the day. Yevgeny is a consistent poet of revolutionary ideas and principles. At the same time his poetry has the lyric quality of a sincere confession. With Yevtushenko’s criticism of his country’s political rigidity, and his call to end the artistic repression practiced by Stalin, Yevtushenko asserts his ideological independence in many of his poems. Yevtushenko’s declamatory and personal poetry will be instilled in the hearts of many, for years to come.