Galina Benislavskaya, tragic love to Yesenin
Galina Benislavskaya became famous for her boundless love to a Russian poet Sergei Yesenin. She was his friend, secretary, lover, everything, but he didn’t love her. After the death of Yesenin, she decided to end her life. She shot herself at the grave of Sergei Yesenin. So life of 29-year old Galina was tragically ended. She couldn’t live without him…Suicide of Benislavskaya shocked the public. It was decided to bury her next to Yesenin. The funeral took place on December 7, 1926. Faithful Gal was inscribed on the monument.
Galina Arturovna was born in St. Petersburg in 1897. She was a journalist and author of memories about Yesenin.
On September 19, 1920 Benislavskaya met Yesenin. For some time they lived together. But on October 3, 1921, after meeting with Isadora Duncan, Yesenin left Benislavskaya’s apartment. As a result Galina was put into a mental health hospital. When Yesenin broke up with Duncan he returned to Galina.
In the summer of 1925 prior to his marriage to S.A. Tolstaya Yesenin broke relations with Benislavskaya. Because of nervous breakdown Galina had to leave Moscow and was not able to come to Yesenin’s funeral.
Sergei Aleksandrovich Yesenin was born on October 3, 1895. He was a famous Russian lyrical poet of the Silver Age of Russian poetry. He was briefly married to the famous American dancer, Isadora Duncan, who was 23 years older than the poet. He committed suicide. His drinking and dysfunctional lifestyle ultimately played a significant role in his death. Yesenin seemed plagued by his own inner demons. Yesenin’s roots were in the Russian countryside. His poetry showed the influence of the Russian folk traditions as well as a love of the beauty of the landscape which seemed to strike deeply into the famous Russian soul.