|Born||Arseny Aleksandrovich Tarkovsky|
June 25, 1907 (N.S.)
Yelisavetgrad, Russian Empire
|Died||May 27, 1989 (aged 81)|
Moscow, Soviet Union
Arseny Aleksandrovich Tarkovsky (Russian: Арсений Александрович Тарковский, June 25 [O.S. June 12] 1907 – May 27, 1989) was a Soviet and Russian poet and translator, considered one of the great twentieth century Russian poets. He was predeceased by his son, film director Andrei Tarkovsky.
Tarkovsky was born on June 25 N.S. 1907 in Elisavetgrad, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire (now Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine). His father, Aleksandr Tarkovsky (in Polish: Aleksander Tarkowski), was a bank clerk, Russian revolutionary (Narodnik), and amateur actor of Polish origin and his mother was Maria Danilovna Rachkovskaya.
In 1921, Tarkovsky and his friends published a poem which contained an acrostic about Lenin. They were arrested, and sent to Nikolayev for execution. Tarkovsky was the only one that managed to escape.
By 1924 Tarkovsky moved to Moscow, and from 1924 to 1925 he worked for a newspaper for railroad workers called "Gudok", where he managed an editorial section written in verse. In 1925–1929 he studied literature at a university college in Moscow. At that time he translated poetry from Turkmen, Georgian, Armenian and Arabic.
During World War II he volunteered as a war-correspondent at the Army Newspaper Boevaya Trevoga (War Alarm). He was wounded in action in 1943. The leg wound he received caused gaseous gangrene, and Tarkovsky had to undergo six gradual amputations.
Arseny Tarkovsky was mainly known as a translator of Abu'l-Ala-Al-Ma'arri, Nizami, Magtymguly, Kemine, Sayat-Nova, Vazha-Pshavela, Adam Mickiewicz, Mollanepes, Grigol Orbeliani and many other poets. His first collection of poetry, Before snow, was published in 1962.
- Перед снегом – Before snow (1962);
- Земле земное – To Earth Its Own (1966);
- Вестник – Messenger (1969);
- Стихотворения – Poems (1974);
- Зимний день – Winter Day (1980);
- Избранное – Selected works (1982);
- Стихи разных лет – Poems of different years (1983) – compilation of early verse;
- От юности до старости – From Youth to Old Age (1987)
- Благословенный Свет – The Blessed Light (1993 -posthumously).