from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Derzhavin, Gavriil Romanovish 1743-1816. Russian lyric poet regarded as the greatest national poet before Pushkin. He served as poet laureate and minister of justice to Catherine II.


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  • (The titles "Derzhavin" and "Yesenin" have been dropped at the poet's request.)

    On Voznesensky

  • The poet was Gavrila Derzhavin, whom Catherine rewarded with gifts and an administrative post.

    Czar-Crossed Writers

  • "Derzhavin performed the administrative duties with great zeal and seriousness," Mr. Volkov writes, "wearying Catherine with detailed explanations of confusing and complex judicial cases, while what the empress needed from him was his poetry: she kept hinting that he should write more odes."

    Czar-Crossed Writers

  • Lomonosov Punin found fault with for too simple and free a style; while to Derzhavin he maintained an attitude almost of hostility, saying that he was more of a courtier than a poet.

    Punin and Baburin

  • He jumped up on the seat of the cart, flung both hands up in the air, and began in a voice of thunder (where he got it from!) to declaim the well-known paraphrase of the Psalm of David by Derzhavin, — a poet for this occasion — not a courtier.

    Punin and Baburin

  • Russian 18th century precursors (first of all Derzhavin), as well as by Polish poets (Galczynski, Norwid) and the English

    Joseph Brodsky: A Virgilian Hero, Doomed Never to Return Home

  • “Who knows, my cousin, but that he may prove to be a second Derzhavin?”


  • I began to read different poems in our books, but neither Dimitrieff nor Derzhavin could help me.


  • Of Russian writers he respected Derzhavin, but liked

    A Sportsman's Sketches

  • But when Nabokov is not being merely snide and silly but taking his subject seriously, he gives us excellent little essays — on Derzhavin, on Baratynsky, on Zhukovsky, on Karamzin, and a comparison of the character of Onegin with Benjamin Constant's Adolphe.

    The Strange Case of Pushkin and Nabokov


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