Russian poet of the Silver Age, translator and playwright, graphic artist. Was born in Odessa in 1895 to a Jewish bourgeois family, but most of his career was spent in Moscow. At the beginning of his poetic career he wrote in the style of neo-romanticism; Bagritsky a part of the so-called Odessa School of Russian writers (which also included Isaak Babel, Yuri Olesha, Valentin Katayev, Vera Inber, Ilya Ilf and Yevgeni Petrov, among others). Many writers of this school were natives of Odessa and often used Ukrainian turns and vocabulary in their works. Bagritsky was strongly influenced by the Russian Revolution and the Civil War. His poetry often touches on themes of violence, revolutionary morality, and interethnic sociological problems. His outlook was highly unsentimental, which caused him to have many detractors on all sides who saw his poetry as vindictive toward both his Jewish ancestry and Russian culture. In his later poetry, Bagritzky managed to implicitly criticize the growing oppressive Stalinist regime. He died in Moscow in 1934, aged 38.