Aleksandr was born in a poor aristocratic family. His father descended from ancient noble family and his mother side, he was the great-great-grandson of a black slave named Abyssinian Dannibal who served under Peter the Great; which signified the fact that the slave brought over to Russia soon became a noble. In his childhood, his education was left to the nursemaids, french tutors and governess--this included the household serfs and his nanny Arina Rodionovna. At the age of 14, he submitted his first poem.
From there, he had written various literature styles--from poetry to verses/stories. Some stories and verses he has written were either translation from the nanny's fantasy story or they were stories detailing everyday lifestyles. This style was also found in his poems such as love, consciousness and politics (even though his friends could not consider him a political person).
For example: Я вас любил.../I loved you once...
Я вас любил: любовь еще, быть может В душе моей угасла не совсем; Но пусть она вас больше не тревожит; Я не хочу печалить вас ничем. Я вас любил безмолвно, безнадежно, То робостью, то ревностью томим; Я вас любил так искренно, так нежно, Как дай вам бог любимой быть другим.
I loved you once: perhaps that love has yet To die down thoroughly within my soul; But let it not dismay you any longer; I have no wish to cause you any sorrow. I loved you wordlessly, without a hope, By shyness tortured, or by jealousy. I loved you with such tenderness and candor And pray God grants you to be loved that way again.
This poem, as stated in the title is about a lost love or maybe a love he had once with someone--nevertheless, he only wishes that his once important person to be happy and loved by someone else.