(1862 – 1887)
Nadson Semyon Yakovlevich (1862 – 1887), a poet.
He was born on December 14 (26 N. s.) In St. Petersburg in the family of an official. Early losing his father (not even two years old) and his mother (at the age of eleven), Nadson remained in the care of relatives. Was defined in the 2 nd Military High School, graduating in 1879, entered the Pavlovsk Military School.
In 1882 he finishes the military school as a lieutenant and goes to the Caspian regiment, which was stationed in Kronstadt. Two years he served as an officer. In 1884, after contracting tuberculosis, he retired and devoted himself entirely to literary activity.
Nadson began composing poetry as a child. He was 16 years old, when in the journal “Light” appeared his first poem “At dawn” (1878). Later his poems willingly printed various magazines. A great role in his literary fate was played by A. Pleshcheyev, who in 1882...invited him to collaborate in Otechestvennye zapiski.
In 1885 a book of poems by Nadson, awarded the Pushkin Prize, was published. Nadson’s poetry was very popular among young people, who saw in him the spokesman of his feelings and moods. The poet answered the reader the same: “He is not my brother – he is more than a brother…”, says Nadson about the reader, trusting him, seeing him as a friend: “Do not blame me, my friend, I am the son of our days… “(1883),” Our generation of youth does not know… “(1884). But not only youthful melancholy and sadness is filled with his lyrics. Many poems speak of his love of the people, of faith in bright ideals: The Funeral (1879), The Old Fairy Tale (1881), The Hierarch (1882), etc. The most important in Nadson’s work is the poet and poetry theme: Do not despise the crowd: let it sometimes… “(1881),” Singer “,” From the diary “(1882),” The singer,