">Name: Mikhail Lermontov's "Death of a Poet"
Artist: Mikhail Lermontov
Confronting Bodies: Tsar Nicholas I and Russian beurocrats.
Date of Action: 1837
Specific Location: Russia
Description of Artwork: "Death of a Poet" was written in response to the death of Aleksandr Pushkin (A famous poet and author) in a duel. Most of it was developed while Pushkin was merely wounded and this portion merely praises him and insults his opponent. However when Pushkin died three days after the duel from wounds he sustained, Lermontov added a new section in a fit of rage. This passage denounces the aristocrats around the throne (Who apparently supported Pushkin's opponent) as the executioners of freedom and genius.
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