His or Her Song?
Mikhail Lermontov was perhaps the most esteemed Russian Romantic poet of the Golden Age after Alexander Pushkin's death in 1837. Sometimes referred to as the 'poet of the Caucasus', Lermontov was actually of Scottish descent. He is considered by many to be the founder of Russian psychological realism. The exotic touch and complex psychological dramas of his poetry have proved a magnet for composers. The fusion of fairytale and psychological or emotional realism was the ter