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Mikhail Kheraskov (1733–1807)

Kheraskov, Mikhail Matvéjevich (ċher-äs’kōf). A Russian poet (1733–1807); born in the government of Poltava. By his contemporaries he was called “the Russian Homer”; but he had little original genius. We have from him several epics after Virgil and Voltaire, according to the orthodox rules of Boileau; among them ‘The Rossiad,’ celebrating the conquest of Kasan by Ivan the Terrible, and ‘Vladimir,’ commemorating the Christianization of Russia. He wrote also a number of dramas, romances, fables, and songs. He excels in description of natural scenery.