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This article focuses on the analysis of K. N. Batiushkov's poetic world and the identification of the peculiarity of this poet's ideas of happiness. With the help of motive, hermeneutic and statistical analysis (the lexeme happiness from the lyrics of this Russian Romantic poet, represented in the poetic corpus of the Russian language, is analyzed), the significance of Batiushkov's ideas of happiness in his works is revealed, the dynamics of changes in this poet's ideas of happiness is studied. The attention is paid to duality - the most important feature of Batiushkov's poetic world. It is not only in the fact that he is a poet, created simultaneously under the influence of the 18th century era, with its strict rules, and the Alexander era, with its spirit of liberty as well. On the one hand Batiushkov's duality is manifested in a hedonistic, epicurean, cheerful attitude to life, which brings him closer, for example, to the French elegiac E. Parny, on the other hand there is a tragic attitude to life associated with an understanding of the transience of life and fleeting happiness. A statistical analysis of the frequent use of the lexemes happiness in the lyrics of A. S. Pushkin, A.A. Delvig, E. A. Boratynsky and K. N. Batiushkov was carried out. This allowed us to conclude that the word ‘happiness’, not being represented among the 20 words actively used by Batiushkov, is nevertheless at its maximum in terms of frequency, as compared to the works of the above mentioned contemporaries of the poet. The influence of light poetry on the formation of Batiushkov's artistic world is revealed, the connection of this poet with the enlightened attitude to life and happiness is viewed. The impact of eudemonic (originating from antique philosophy) ideas of happiness on Batiushkov is considered, it is shown that very often this category is correlated with axiological categories, first of all with the notion of conscience.

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K. N. Batiushkov, the search for happiness, easy poetry, hedonism, epicureanism, eudemonism, dream, suffering, «Blessed is he who...».