Poetry and the Russian Soul - BBC Radio Documentary - cheops
Martin Sixsmith - the BBC's former foreign correspondent and a former Russian scholar - explores the heart and soul of Russia`s poetry.
Effectively a creation of the 18th century, poetry was vital in creating a natural language and form of expression as modern Russia forged a separate identity from the old world of the Slavonic church.
Two episodes of approximately 30 minutes each.
Episode 1: And Poetry Awakens in Me
Pushkin was its first hero and remains the archetype of the brilliant but doomed poet whose quest for the essential truth of his nation and people carries with it fatal consequences.
Episode 2: Set the Hearts of Men on Fire with your Word
Russian poetry carried far greater weight than the poetry of the West. From the days of the Tsar to the fall of Communism, Russian poetry was charged with a powerful and often fatal responsibility to convey the essential truth of the nation.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July/August 2008.