Human love and happiness fall second to art: “Life is unimportant,” says Lermontov.
Lermontov published only one small collection of poems in 1840.
The name Lermontov is said to be the same as the Scotch Learmonth.
This does not mean that Lermontov is inferior to the Western romantic poets.
Lermontov's Pechorin was in some respects an anticipation of Bazarov; so were the many Russian rebels.
In all the annals of poetry, there is no more curious figure than Lermontov.
He spoke with particular enthusiasm of those just mentioned and also of Lermontov's “Taman.”
Lermontov says frankly: the sacred traditions of our past do not move his soul.
Pushkin's brother poet Lermontov, then an officer of the Guards, wrote a poem demanding vengeance for Pushkin's death.
The translations of Pushkin and of Lermontov have never impressed foreign readers in the superlative degree.