Balmont, Konstantin Dmitrieyevich

Balmont, Konstantin Dmitrieyevich

(kənstəntyēn` dəmē`trēəvĭch bäl`mônt), 1867–1943, Russian poet and translator. After first hailing the Bolshevik revolution, he repudiated it and lived chiefly in France, where he died destitute and forgotten. Although his early verse was revolutionary in content, after 1894 it revealed the influence of the symbolistssymbolists,
in literature, a school originating in France toward the end of the 19th cent. in reaction to the naturalism and realism of the period. Designed to convey impressions by suggestion rather than by direct statement, symbolism found its first expression in poetry but
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. His travels all over the world supplied exotic details for his poems. He translated Shelley, Ibsen, Poe, Calderón, and Whitman. His major work began with Under Northern Skies (1894). Let Us Be Like the Sun (1903) and Love Alone (1903) are typical of his melodious and inventive verse. His verse written after 1910 is considered mediocre.
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