Born at the family estate in Ovstug, Russia.
Semyon Egorovich Raich, poet and translator, becomes Tiutchev's
tutor. Tiutchev is first exposed to poetry through the Latin
Encouraged to join the "little academy" of young
poets organized by poet, theorist and professor Aleksei
Enters the Philological Faculty of the University of Moscow.
Receives a degree as kandidat.
Enrolls in the Collegium of Foreign Affairs in St. Petersburg.
Receives an appointment with the Russian legation in Munich.
Lives abroad for much of the next 22 years. Begins to write
Marries the Bavarian aristocrat Botmer. Through her, meets
Heine, Schelling, other lights of the German Romantic scene.
Heavily influenced by Schelling's Idealism. Publishes original
poems and translations from Heine, Schiller and Byron in
Publishes A Vision/Видение,
Just as the ocean
cradles our earth's orb... /Как океан объемлет шар земной...,
in Raich's Galatee.
Publishes about 40 poems in Pushkin's Sovremmenik
under the title Verse Sent from Germany. Tiutchev
signs them "F. T" and refers to them as "scribblings.
"They include Nature
is not as you imagine her.../Не то, что мните вы, природа...
The reading public does not notice. Meanwhile, his wife
has died. Begins publishing political articles in French,
as well as political poetry in Russian.
Fired from government service for leaving his post in Turin
without permission. Remarries, again to a woman who speaks
Returns to St. Petersburg. Acquires a reputation as a political
reactionary and brilliant conversationalist (in French).
His poems attract the attention of Nekrasov and Ivan Turgenev.
Nekrasov republishes the Sovremennik poems. Meets
Elena Aleksandrovna Denisova, an impoverished noblewoman.
Their affair over the next 14 years leads to three children,
much heartbreak, and the "Denisova cycle" of love
poems. These include O,
how our love is murderous.../О, как убийственно мы любим...,
Don't say he loves
me as before..., Last
Love/Последняя любовь, and She
sat upon the floor.../Она сидела на полу
Turgenev published the first collection of Tiutchev's verse.
Named chairman of the Committee on Foreign Censorship.
Dies June 27, after many strokes.
an article claiming that Tiutchev is an alternative to Pushkin.