Complete lyrics and shorter poems – Volume II

The poems in Volume II cover Pushkin’s poetic output between 1817 and 1824 both during his early years in St Petersburg (from age 18 to 21) and during his enforced travels in the following four years across Ukraine to the Caucasus, Crimea, Moldavia and Odessa on the southern fringes of the Russian empire.  These were years of camaraderie, laddishness and easy love; they were also years of increasing political disillusion and disfavour.  These experiences coloured but did not limit the range and inventiveness of his verses.

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