Modern Russian Poetry/Mikhail Kuzmin

Mikhail Kuzmin

(Born 1877)

This sensitive and precious décadent, who flaunts his descent from French emigres and Russian noblemen, delights in literary masquerading. He is in turn an eighteenth century dandy, a Byzantine romancer, a contemporary of Boccaccio, or a fin de siècle Alexandrian. His Alexandrian Songs imprison all the exquisite fatigues and refined perversions of a culture cynical about its own passing. The texture of his poetry shows the care and competence lavished by a belle upon her complexion. His lyrics have the perfumed fragility and piquant charm of Somov's paintings.