Maykovsky, the Russian and Soviet poet, changed the context of Russian literature in the 20th century both before and after the revolution. He played a key role in the Rusian Futurist movement and was one of the authors of the futurist manifesto "A slap in the face of public taste". With the revolution of 1917 he was able to declare that it was his revolution. He had no need to restring his lyre unlike other writers and poets of pre revolutionary Russia. Of all the artists and poets of the period leading up to the revolution he was almost alone in being aesthetically in tune with the events which were taking place. His controversial suicide to this day is a subject of debate.

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