In 1810, a new educational institution for noble children was founded near St. Petersburg – the Imperial Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum, in 1811 it already accepted its first students. This institution and A. S. Pushkin’s studies in it occupy a special place in the biography of the famous Russian writer and poet.
A. S. Pushkin turns out to be at the lyceum thanks to his uncle Vasily Lvovich Pushkin, a famous writer at that time. A twelve-year-old boy managed to demonstrate his brilliant knowledge at the entrance tests. October 19, 1811 is the date that the writer remembered until the end of his life. This date is associated with special memories of the lyceum and those people with whom he became close there.
During the years of study, A. S. Pushkin was able to study mythology in depth. History, Russian literature and French became the main subjects for the writer. A. S. Pushkin did not show great diligence in his studies, he was distinguished by the lack of diligence. Exact sciences were hard for a teenager, but A. S. Pushkin excelled in verbal sciences. He was a member of the poetry circle, was the author of various epigrams and pamphlets, which were published by the editorial board of the lyceum. Studying at the Lyceum has become a huge life and creative experience for the aspiring writer.
After the Patriotic War of 1812, which the lyceum students met at the educational institution, A. S. Pushkin wrote poems dedicated to the people and the Motherland.
In 1815, Alexander Sergeevich passed a transitional exam, which consisted in reading his poem “Memories in Tsarskoye Selo” to G. R. Derzhavin. The famous poet highly appreciated the work of A. S. Pushkin and named the novice poet his successor. This becomes the beginning of his brilliant career. A year after the exam, while still at the lyceum, A. S. Pushkin is working on poems and plays for the imperial family. Such famous persons as V. A. Zhukovsky, N. M. Karamzin, K. N. Batyushkov positively assessed the work of A. S. Pushkin.
A story about the years of study is impossible without mentioning the friendly atmosphere that prevailed at the lyceum. A. S. Pushkin had good relations with both lyceum students and lyceum teachers, who noted the writer’s natural mind.
Despite the fact that A. S. Pushkin often quarreled with other lyceum students and entered into conflicts with them, the writer managed to find real friends at the lyceum, whom A. S. Pushkin will remember with warmth all his life. It was at the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum that the poet met and became friends with I. I. Pushchin, A. A., Delvig, V. K. Kuchelbecker, I. V. Malinovsky. They were united with A. S. Pushkin not only by the fact that they were in the same literary circle, where they read written works to each other, but also by the fact that they spent time with each other they spent all their free time and shared their innermost thoughts.
The years spent by A. S. Pushkin at the Lyceum have forever become associated with the theme of friendship, which occupies a special place in the work of the great poet and writer.