Selected Poemsby Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Robin Milner-Gulland (Introduction), Peter Levi (Translator)
This volume contains a selection of early works by Yevgeny Alexandrovich Yevtushenko who blazed a trail for a generation of Soviet poets with a confident poetic voice that moves effortlessly between social and personal themes. ‘Zima Junction’ vividly describes his idyllic childhood in Siberia and his impressions of home after a long absence in Moscow. Private moments are captured in ‘Waking’, on the joys of discovering the unexpected in a lover, and ‘Birthday’, on a mother’s concern for her son, while ‘Encounter’ depicts an unexpected meeting with Hemingway in Copenhagen. ‘The Companion’ and ‘Party Card’ show war from a child’s eye, whether playing while oblivious to German bombs falling nearby or discovering a fatally wounded soldier in the forest, while Yevtushenko’s famous poem, ‘Babiy Yar’, is an angry exposé of the Nazi massacre of the Jews of Kiev.
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Telling lies to the young is wrong
Proving to them that lies are true is wrong.
Telling them that God's in his heaven and all's well with the world is wrong.
The young people know what you mean. The young are people.
Tell them the difficulties can't be counted,
and let them see not only what will be but see with clarity these present times.
Say obstacles exist they must encounter sorrow happens, hardship happens.
The hell with it. Who never knew the price of happiness will not be happy.
Forgive no error you recognize,
it will repeat itself, increase,
and afterward our pupils will not forgive in us what we forgave.
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Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933-) is a Russian poet, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter and actor. Translated with an introduction by Robin Milner-Gulland and Peter Levi, S.J.
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