CONTENTS
PAGE
INTRODUCTION9
CHAPTER
I. PRE-REVOLUTIONARY ART19
The intelligentsia which stood aloof. "The Islanders".
The culture-skimmers. The Ralliés. Reform in the Church. The retainer-quality in literature. Individualism and mysticism. Romanticism and Anthroposophy.
II. THE LITERARY "FELLOW-TRAVELERS" OF THE
REVOLUTION
56
Transitional art--a new Soviet populism. Kliuev, a revolutionary "fellow-traveler". Yessenin and the Imagists.
The unformed realism of the "Serapion Fraternity". The retrogressional realism of Pilnyak. Rustic or Peasantsinging poets. The "Changing Landmarks" group. Neoclassicism or "revolutionary conservatism".
III. ALEXANDER BLOK116
Blok's place in Russian literature. The pre-revolutionary element of Blok's symbolism. Why "The Twelve" is not a poem of the Revolution. Dualism. Blok and the bourgeoisie.
IV. FUTURISM126
Its Bohemian origin. The break with the past. The component elements of Russian Futurism. Mayakovsky and the Revolution. Futurism, a link between the creative intelligentsia and the people.
V. THE FORMALIST SCHOOL OF POETRY AND
MARXISM
162
The Formalist opposition to Marxism. The reduction of poetry to etymology and syntax. Art for art's sake and materialist dialectics. The argumentations of Shklovsky

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