Kornilov Boris Petrovich (1907 – 1938), a poet.
Born July 16 (29 N. p.) In the village of Pokrovsky, Nizhny Novgorod province in the family of a village teacher. Children and teenagers passed in the village of Djakovo, then the family moved to Semenov in 1922. He begins to write poetry, which is taken very seriously in the family.
Becoming one of the first pioneers in Semenov, then a pioneer and Komsomol activist, Kornilov began writing articles in wall newspapers, collaborating with the local youth theater “Blue Blouse”. Soon his poems were published in the Nizhny Novgorod newspaper. This solves his fate: in the summer of 1925 Kornilov appealed to the district committee of the Komsomol with a request “about seconding him to the Institute of Journalism or to some literary school.” At the end of 1925 he left for Leningrad.
In the group of V. Sayanova, who works with proletarian and student youth, Kornilov’s “provincial poems” are admired. His rapid ascent to the literary Olympus begins. Youth publications willingly publish his poems. A year later, he is called the most talented poet of the literary group “Smena”. V. Sayanov himself edited the first collection of poems Kornilov – “Youth”. But the poet himself will call his “first book” a collection of poems in 1931. In the same year the second collection “All my friends” is published. Becomes a professional poet: participates in writers’ brigades (Azerbaijan, 1932), literary meetings (in Moscow, Minsk).
In 1932 he decided to write about the elimination of the kulaks, and he is immediately accused of “furious kulak propaganda.” The appearance of the poem “Tripolye” (1933), dedicated to the memory of the Komsomol members killed in the kulak uprising, saves him.
The success of “The Song of the Counter” (1932), the most popular work of Kornilov, inspires him, and he begins to write mass songs – “Song of Revolutionary Cossacks”, “October”, “International”, a song of athletes, a song of Komsomol members.
In August 1934, at the congress of the author’s writers, “Tripoli” was declared a hope for Soviet lyrics. Over the next year his poems appear in Izvestia almost every week: he wrote a lot and easily. In 1935 he wrote the poem “My Africa”, which deserved the high praise of Romain Rolland. However, the works that appeared later (“The Last Day of Kirov”, “The Beginning of the Earth”, “Samson”), talked about the crisis. He tried to keep up with the times, but he could not keep up with poetry and life (drunkenness and debauches became his curse). In 1936 he was expelled from the Writers’ Union.
After the assassination of Kirov in Leningrad, there was an energetic work to clean up the “hostile” elements. In 1937 he was arrested. He died on November 21, 1938. He was posthumously rehabilitated.