Pushkin began writing his first major work, Ruslan and Ludmila (1820), a kind of fairy story in verse, in 1817. It was based on Russian folktales told by his old nurse Arina Rodionovna.
"On seashore far a green oak towers
And to it with a gold chain bound
A learned cat whiles away the hours
By walking slowly round and round.
To right he walks, and sings a ditty
To left he walks, and tells a tale.... "
Please note: This audiobook is in Russian.