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By Vladimir Mayakovsky

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Vladimir Mayakovsky (July 19, 1893 - April 14, 1930) is likely one of the so much famous and celebrated poets of the Russian canon. one of many leaders of the Russian Futurism circulate, which sought to catch the beauty of the fast paced sleek international and renounced the static paintings of the prior, Mayakovsky thoroughly bent the limits of language and brought a completely various sort of poetry. His abnormal line-breaks, his use of inner rhyme, his regulate of meter and his feel of rhythm mixed jointly to shape his specified sort. His imagery is overflowing with allusions, metaphors and hyperboles. His significant works, "A Cloud in Trousers," "Backbone Flute," and "I Love," sparkle with wit, knowledge and originality. This caliber of his paintings is what additionally makes it enormously tough to translate. during this dual-language number of Mayakovsky's poetry, Andrey Kneller makes an attempt to catch not just the overall which means, but additionally the lyrical caliber of the poetry that makes Mayakovsky a really certain writer.

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By what high-dealt decrees Do lovers snared by all the laws of earth Transcend the pain and cruelty and lost ease That globes our globe, and soar to heavenward birth? I have known love as lowly, full of lust, Bent on contriving Godhead from the flesh, Wrought of desire and waning through mistrust, Starved in the sinuately carnal mesh. Is their indeed a God who can redeem The love we know as a dawn-tinctured dream? XIII. Sorrowful or angry, hold it no way remiss That, with the last gasp of love’s healthless breath (More cruelly stopped than with our latest kiss) I would dissuade you from my imminent death.

Wring me no more nor force from me that vow Which lovers love to hear for reassurance; Rest faithful in firm silence, which is now Frail but sole bulwark for our love’s endurance. However mad, it is my heart’s belief That he who lies of love trumpets instruction For anger and terror, scorn and doubt and grief Swiftly to marshal toward our sure destruction. Since, though we know naught else, we know love true, When from the strict course which love’s truth affirms The sick brain swerves, to guiltless hearts accrue Love’s penalties and unpalliable terms.

VI. Season of change the sun for distaff bearing In your right hand and in the left large rains And writhen winds and noiselessly forth faring The earth abroad, and streaming wide your skeins, When in unfathomed fairness you have clothed The sea with quiet, the land with painless wealth, Turn you to those who changelessly have loathed All and their kind, and grant them peace and health: The proud stone-parting ardor of the tree, The glee of ice relaxed against new earth, Joy of the lamb and lust of bloom-struck bee Grant to the sick, stiff, spiteful, like fresh birth.

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