Valery Yaklovich Bryusov
Valery Yaklovich Bryusov Poems
- To A Young Poet Pale youth with burning gaze, I give you ...
- Twilight Electric moons glow On long bent stalks The ...
- At Home It's all so familiar and clear, My eye's accustomed ...
- Creative Work The shadow of uncreated creatures Flickers in...
- Saint Sebastian On slow and smoky fire thou burn'st and art ...
He was a Russian poet, prose writer, dramatist, translator, critic and historian. He was one of the principal members of the Russian Symbolist movement.
Valery Bryusov was born on December 13, 1873 (recorded December 1, according to the old Julian calendar) into a merchant's family in Moscow. His parents had little do with his upbringing, and as a boy Bryusov was largely left to himself. He spent a great deal of time reading "everything that fell into [his] hands," including the works of Charles Darwin and Jules Verne, as well as various materialistic and scientific essays. The future poet received an excellent education, studying in two Moscow ... more »
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To A Young Poet
Pale youth with burning gaze,
I give you three commandments now:
Follow the first: don't live by the present,
The future is a poet's only place.
Second, remember: feel for no one,
Love yourself without bounds.
Safeguard the third: worship art,
Art alone, without thought or goal.
Pale youth with embarrassed gaze!
If you follow my three commandments,
I'll die in peace, a defeated warrior,
Knowing I leave a poet behind.