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Yevgeny Yevtushenko
(1933-____) born on
Jul 18
Russian poet. He was spokesman for the post-Stalin generation of Russian poets, and their demands for greater artistic freedom; wrote "Bratsk Station."
         
   
F
Be equal to your talent, not your age.
At times let the gap between them be embarrassing.

R
A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else can be only a footnote.
A
Everything I do, I do on the principle of Russian borscht. You can throw everything into it beets, carrots, cabbage, onions, everything you want. What's important is the result, the taste of the borscht.
N
But what if it doesn't work ... ?
and they jammed sticks
In the wheels of the first locomotive
To make sure it wouldn't work.
K
In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
R: In NY "Times," 3 Nov 63
A: In NY "Times," 2 Feb 86
N: On "timid bureaucrats" in a move regarded as "jumping off the bandwagon" of Soviet Premier Mikhail S Gorbachev; in NY "Times," 10 Sep 85
K: A Precocious Autobiography," Dutton 63, quoted by Robert Conquest "The Politics of Poetry" NY "Times," 30 Sep 73
   


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