In 1817, while still studying in the Imperial Lyceum at Tsarskoe Selo, Pushkin began writing Ruslan and Ludmila. This romantic narrative poem follows the trials of hero, Ruslan, as he tries to rescue his bride, Ludmila, from the evil magician Chernomor.

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