Once More about Arkadii Rodzianko and Pushkin
A noted poet of the late Alexandrine period, Arkadii Gavrilovich Rodzianko (1793–1846) is remembered in literary history primarily for his association and poetic dialogue with Pushkin. Rodzianko addressed at least one poem to Pushkin (“A. S. Pushkinu”) and wrote an ode on the occasion of his death. For his part, Pushkin addressed two poems to Rodzianko, “K Rodzianke” (“Ty obeshchal o romantizme”) and “Iz pis´ma k Rodzianke” (“Prosti, ukrainskoi mudrets”). And one of Pushkin’s most famous poems, “Ia pomniu chudnoe mgnovenie,” has its roots in an exchange of letters between Pushkin, Rodzianko, and the latter’s friend, Anna Petrovna Kern, in 1824. Pushkin scholars have of course assembled thorough commentaries of Pushkin’s epistles to Rodzianko, but Rodzianko’s side of this dialogue has not yet received adequate scholarly attention. In fact, many Rodzianko poems which are important to understanding his dialogue with Pushkin remain unpublished. As such, existing interpretations of Pushkin’s poems to Rodzianko cannot help but be inadequate. In this article, I will present two of Rodzianko’s unpublished poems and reconsider the character, tone, and circumstances of Pushkin and Rodzianko’s literary relationship.