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Vladimir Mayakovsky
(1893-1930) born on
Jul 07
Soviet-Georgian poet. He was a leading poet of the Russian Revolution and of the early Soviet period; wrote "Ode to Revolution."
No gray hairs streak my soul,
no grandfatherly fondness there!
I shake the world with the might of my voice,
and walk --handsome,

Our planet
is poorly equipped
for delight.
One must snatch
from the days that are.
In this life
it's not difficult to die.
To make life
is more difficult by far.
Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it.
Comrade life,
let us
march faster,
faster through what's left
of the five-year plan.
My verse
has brought me
no roubles to spare:
no craftsmen have made
mahogany chairs for my house.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The cloud in trousers (tr. by George Reavey).
R: Sergei Yessenin, trans. Herbert Marshall
A: The Guardian," 11 Dec 1974
N: At the top of my voice (tr. by George Reavey).
K: At the Top of My Voice (tr. by George Reavey).

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