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The review of the literary works on «history of Russian Happiness» written by representatives of Magnitogorsk philological school of studying the poetry of the 18th-19th centuries is presented in the article. It is noted that «happiness discourse» appeared in Russia in 1738 (Kantemir and Lomonosov) as a version of the all-European «project» to achieve terrestrial happiness. It was presented by an odic mythologeme of «Golden Age», i.e. «State Happiness»; by happiness of the private person – idyllic «rest»; and at last, by the «Bliss» possible only in heaven. In various genres corresponding poetic «formulas» were developed, for example: «he is blissful who», «love to citizens», «stout hearts», «universe rest», «beautiful paradise», etc. Magnitogorsk researchers point to the existence of two genres which are directly turned to the subject of Happiness in Russian poetry. New Year (aeonic) verses and congratulatory verses on a wedding (epithalamion) are that. Scientists pay attention to individual versions of the uniform «eudemonistic project». For example, N. M. Karamzin all his life considered that terrestrial happiness was impossible; sometimes he made an exception for happiness with the friends and families and for happiness felt while admiring works of art and nature. Karamzin's contemporary, the prince I. M. Dolgorukov, on the contrary, believed that terrestrial happiness was quite real and happened in a person’s life. V. A. Zhukovsky in the diaries, letters and verses constantly reflected on terrestrial virtues as a condition of posthumous bliss; E. A. Boratynsky's thought rushed about between Christian and educating views on happiness; the tragic concept of happiness was developed by such poets of Russian romanticism as A. V. Koltsov and F. I. Tyutchev. Also researches which examine the influence of the ideas of happiness taken in from literature on life and behavior of the specific personality are considered perspective.

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Theme of Happiness, researches on history of the Russian poetry of the 18-19th centuries, lyric genres, T. E. Abramzon.