The founding father of modern Russian literature, Alexander Pushkin has exerted a long-lasting influence well beyond the borders of his motherland. A slightly lesser-known aspect of his writing is his vast production of shorter verse, a genre at which he excelled and arguably still remains unsurpassed.
Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) was a dramatist and poet, penning such influential works as Eugene Onegin and Boris Godunov. He is now considered the father of modern Russian literature.
Pushkin is an extraordinary phenomenon, perhaps the only phenomenon of the Russian spirit. -- Nikolai Gogol