Nikolaevich Aseev was born into ta white-collar family in the city of Lgov
in the region of Kursk. After graduating from Kursk Community College in
1909, Assev moved to Moscow and enrolled in a Mercantile Institute. During
this time he also studied Philology at Moscow University.
His first poetic collections, "Night Flute", written in 1914,
and "Zor", written in 1914, were written in refined Formalist
style. Later, Aseev moved towards a lyrical-philosophical understanding of
reality with his books "Reflection", written in 1955, and "Lad",
written in 1961.
All of Aseev's works, all of his poems and verses, are penetrated by
Lyricism. He once said "I am a lyricist at heart, from the very
essence of my being". Poems such as "Lyric Undertaking" and
"Semen Proskakov" in 1928, "Twenty-Six" in 1924, and
"Mayakovsky Beginning", in 1940, play an important role in
Aseev's artistic legacy. He was awarded a government honor for the latter
poem in 1941. Aseev also authored many important works on poetic theory
and numerous articles about poetry, prose, words, and language.