The article presents an overview of poetry books published in Russian in 1913.
The present monographic research of the group involved in the project “Russian Literary Canon Formation”, financed by Estonian Science Foundation (grant 8471), and their supporters is devoted to the Russian literary canon and the pedagogical practice of the 19th century. The first part of the book contains chapters about the general history of school textbooks for reading and the story of the heritage of two authors (Vyazemsky and Fet) in them. The second part of the book presents chapters on various Russian poets (Batyushkov, Zhukovsky, Pushkin, Koltsov, Tyutchev, Maikov) whose poems found a firm place in the reading materials for schools. The chapters of the monograph give an idea of different aspects of the history of these texts and their reception. The monograph has two supplements. In the first there is a list of 108 textbooks and books of reading which are all included in the unique data base accessible in the Internet (www.ruthenia.ru/canon). The second supplement offers a list of the most popular authors and their texts included in the textbooks of the 19th century. The book is available at www.ruthenia.ru/canon
The paper is dedicated to references to the image of Homeric Polyphemus (and other similar fabulous monsters) in the episode of centurion Scaeva’s aristeia in book 6 of Lucan’s Bellum civile (and in other places of the same poem as well). The poet’s interest in this theme is seen as a hint to the allegoric interpretations of Odysseus’ blinding of Polyphemus.