Fyodor Tyutchev (born December 5, 1803) was a remarkable Russian poet and a career diplomat who devoted thirty-six years of his life to the diplomatic service. He is regarded as one of the three greatest Russian poets of the 19th century.
The second son of land-owning parents, Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev was born in the village of Ovstug, about 30 kilometers north of Bryansk in what was then the Oryol Province. The village of Ovstug was located on the banks of the Desna River in a densely wooded part of southwestern Russia. The family spent winters in Moscow. In August 1812 they moved temporarily to Yaroslavl shortly before Napoleon seized the city.
Tyutchev is one of the most memorized and quoted Russian poets. Occasional pieces, translations and political poems constitute about a half of his overall poetical output.
Tyutchev wrote about 200 short poems. He commonly operates with such categories as night and day, north and south, dream and reality, cosmos and chaos, still world of winter and spring teeming with life. Each of these images is imbued with specific meaning.
While Tyutchev never ceased writing entirely, there is a hiatus from 1838 to 1847. In 1847 he began composing once more in quantity.
The Fyodor Tutchev doodle is visible at Google Russia.