The article is devoted to the poem by E.A. Boratynsky “Piroskaph” in its metric and genre context. The analysis of the formal and content structure of the “Piroskaph” allows to see significant echoes of odes by G.R. Derzhavin, the ballad by V.A. Zhukovsky “God’s judgment of the Bishop”, and also the works by P.A. Katenin, A.P. Benicky and other poets of late 18 – early 19 centuries. Complex correlation between different genre elements in “Piroskaph” allows specifying the representation of genre and the nature of late lyrics by E.A. Boratynsky
The article reviews the history of the publication of Baratynsky’s Collected Poems (1835), the critical reception of the book, and its influence on his further literary career. Analyzing Baratynsky’s publications in 1835–1836, the author of the article assumes that the belated publication of the collection overshadowed Baratynsky’s new poetic texts in the Moscow Observer (“The Last Poet”, “Nedonosok”, etc.), and the composition of the poetic book did not allow to highlight Baratynsky’s texts of the early 1830’s and to estimate his poetic evolution.