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The Poetry of Spiritual Despair

  • Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal

Abstract

Merezhkovsky’s emotional make-up, as revealed by his writings, chiefly his poetry, of the eighties and early nineties is the subject of this chapter. My purpose is not to reduce Merezhkovsky to a set of neuroses, but to suggest that his own problems made him acutely sensitive to the stresses and strains of modern life. Reacting to loneliness, emotional repression, and sexual frustration he was led to criticize all existing ideas and institutions. A biographical sketch of his formative years is necessary to provide the psychological matrix in which his thought developed.

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Early Ninety Existential Activity Biographical Sketch Russian Intelligentsia Sexual Frustration 
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