In the early 19th century Russian literature suddenly came to life, beginning with Russias most beloved poet, Alexander Pushkin. He grew up in the grounds of Tsarskoye Selohe always yearned for it:
Wherever fate decrees that we must go,
Wherever fortune leads us by the hand,
Were still the same: the world a foreign land,
Our mother countryTsarskoye Selo
Literature brought to life the human side of an often inhuman Petersburg, never more so than in Pushkins famous poem The Bronze Horseman.
Pushkin, the founder of Russias humanistic literature, juxtaposed this mighty monument, the statue of the Bronze horseman (that Catherine dedicated to Peter the Great), to the small, beaten-down clerk who was pursued by it, during the flood of 1825.