One of the treasures of the Russian literary tradition is its poetry, which had two remarkable flowerings: in the first decades of the 19th century (the Golden Age) and in the first half of the 20th century (Russian modernism). Created against the background of war, revolution, and Stalin's repressions, the latter poetry offers exciting experimentation with language, a new discourse of love, and a rich and complex understanding of the poet's relationship to history. We will read the works of Alexander Blok, Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetaeva, Velemir Khlebnikov, and Vladimir Mayakovsky. Special attention will be paid to learning to read poetry aloud; the understanding of metrics and verse language; the relationship between a poet's theorizing about verse and his or her actual verse; the poets' relationship to each other and to the tradition that preceded them; and the historical background. Conducted in Russian.