Iranian poet influence on father of Russian literature

Iranian poet influence on father of Russian literature
ID : N-1925 Date : 2018/06/10 - 14:51

(Persia Digest) – The Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin Day is celebrated on 6 June each year. Alexander Pushkin is a writer, poet, founder of contemporary literary language and a touchstone of Russian language and literature; as Sa'di and Ferdowsi are the touchstones of Persian language and literature.

In Russia, this day is dedicated to the country's language and literature, because Pushkin is considered as the Tsar of Russian language, and so far no author has ever been this popular among the people of this country.

The people of Iran are less familiar with the works of Alexander Pushkin and are more familiar with the works of other writers such as Chekhov, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and others.

Pushkin is said to have been influenced by the works and ideas of eastern poets and writers, especially Sa'di, Ferdowsi and Hafez, and he has written many articles about Iran.

Pushkin had a lot of interest in the cultures of various nations, especially the East, and traces of Sa'di’s poetry can be seen in his poem, “The Fountain of Bakhchisaray”. However, as much as Sa’di is known in Russia, Pushkin is not well-known in Iran.

Pushkin was so capable in describing Sa'di that, after publishing the poem “The Fountain of Bakhchisaray” in 1824, which begins with a quote from Sa’di, Prince Saltykov, a journal publisher, nicknamed him "Young Sa’di"; because Pushkin showed how to describe Sa’di, the Iranian genius, for the first time in Russian literature.

Sa’di is a Persian poet and writer. He has had an undeniable influence on Persian language, as there is a remarkable similarity between today's Persian language and Sa'di's language. His works include Golestan, a work of prose, Bustan in mathnawi style, and also his ghazals. Sa'di is the first Persian poet whose works have been translated into one of the European languages.

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