Keywords: elegy, “new lyricism,” lyrical landscape, natural intimacy, intonation of “poetic complaint.”
For citation:

Kafanova, O. B. “Creative Laboratory of Afanasy Fet: translation from A. de Musset.” Dva veka russkoi klassiki, vol. 4, no. 2, 2022, pp. 246–261. (In Russ.) 

Author: Olga B. Kafanova
Information about the author:

Olga B. Kafanova, DSc in Philology, Professor, St. Petersburg Institute of Business and Innovation, Gavanskaya st. 3 a, 199106 St. Petersburg, Russia

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Received: February 24, 2022
Approved after reviewing: March 13, 2022
Published: June 25, 2022
Issue: 2022 Volume 4 No. 2
Department: Textual Criticism
Pages: 246–261

UDK: 821.161.1.09"19"


The research focuses on the translation of Musset’s elegy “Lucie,” never published during A. A. Fet’s lifetime. The research is devoted to the clarification of the Russian poet’s translation skills and the analysis of the self-worth of his work. Of interest is the question of the time of work on the translation and the reasons for refusing to publish it. Directly influenced by A. de Lamartine, the elegy represents the “new lyricism.” The lyrical hero embodies his grief over the death of his first love, almost a girl, in melancholic musical verses. Another discovery was a new attitude to nature, to which the poet confides his melancholic feelings. The landscape turns out to be his best and closest companion. The structure of the elegy is characterized by repeated complaints; the first and final stanzas coincide. Fet revises the text and reduces some prolixities and divagations to achieve a more natural intimacy. Apparently, he worked on Musset’s elegy in the 1850s, when he found his own poetic language. In general, he managed to improve the text of Musset in some way, to clear the elegy of unnecessary digressions, long notes. As a result of a kind of competition, he creates a poetic masterpiece that is not inferior to the original.


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