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Osip Mandelstam


Hannah Voroteliak

on 9 March 2010

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Transcript of Osip Mandelstam

Mandelstam Culture
History Russian poet reading to
audience Mass demonstration against the ruling Stalinist bureaucracy St Petersburg Nadezhda Khazin
- my wife For you to shine there -
No other happiness -
and learn, from starlight,
what its fire might sugges.

A star burns as a star,
light becomes light,
because our murmuring
strengthens us, and warms the night. A poem written for my
wfie Literary Career Self Doubt I've become afraid of living life out
And pulling back, like a leaf from a tree,
And that I'll love nothing,
And vanish like a nameless stone. Inspired by foreign architecture and history Rome is but nature's twin, which has reflected Rome
We see its civic might, the signs of its decorum
In the transparent air, the firmament's blue dome,
The colonnades of groves and in the meadow's forum. Russia during Stalin's dictatorship Praise for Stalin Stalin Russia royal family Children condemed to starve
under Stalin's rule This is the truth We live death to the land beneth us,
Ten steps away no one hears our speeches,

All we hear is the Kremlin mountaineer,
The murderer and peasant - slayer.

His fingers are as fat as grubs
And the words, final as lead weights, fall from his lips,

His cockroach whiskers leer,
And his boot tops gleam.

Around him a rabble of tink-necked leaders -
Fawning half-men for him to play with.

The whinny, purr or whine,
As he prates and points a finger,

One by one forging his laws, to be flung
Like horseshoes at the head, to the eye or the groin.

And every killing is a treat,
For the broad-chested Ossete. Hagia Eirene in Constantinople Rome Stalin Epigram Exterminate Scum Stalin Voronezh Russia Place of exile
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