(1900 – 1973)
Isakovsky Mikhail Vasilievich (1900 – 1973), the poet. Born January 7 (19 N. s.) In the village Glotovka Smolensk province in a poor peasant family. He graduated from primary school. He studied at the gymnasium, but the difficult financial situation forced him to leave the 6th grade and start working.
During the October Revolution, Isakovsky leads an active social activity. He works as secretary of the volost Council, and since 1919 he has become editor of the newspaper in Yelnya.
In 1921 – 30 he lived in Smolensk and worked in the editorial office of the regional newspaper Rabochy Put. Since 1931 he lives in Moscow.
Isakovsky began to write early, in Smolensk came three books of his poems, but the beginning of his literary work Isakovsky believed 1924, when the poems “Podpaski”, “Native”, etc. were published.
In 1927, the book “Wires in straw” was published in Moscow, noticed and highly appreciated by M. Gorky. Then the collections “Province” (1930), “Masters of the Earth” (1931), “Four Desires” (1936) were published. These poems were devoted mainly to the Soviet village.
In 1930 Isakovsky wrote a lot of lyrics that have become very popular ( “Farewell”, “provozhaniya” “And who knows,” “Katyusha”, “On the mountain – white-white” and many others).
A great place in poetry Isakovskogo takes The Great Patriotic War: Poems “Russian woman”, “The Tale of Russia”, the song “Goodbye, city and huts,” “In the forest frontline”, “Oh, my fogs…”, “Spark “,” I do not have that color “, etc.
In the post-war years he continues to create the words of songs beloved by the whole country: “Hear me, good”, “Everything is frozen again…”, “The flying birds fly” and others.
In its form and language, Isakovsky’s poetry has always been clear, national and musical.
Isakovsky owns many translations from Ukrainian, Belarusian and other languages. His book “On Poetic Skill” is also interesting. M. Isakovsky died in 1973.
A brief biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.