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Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

A poem by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam : Rome

Rome 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.   Osip Emilevich …

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A poem by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam : The Age

The Age My beast, my age, who will try to look you in the eye, and weld the vertebrae of century to century, with blood? Creating blood pours out of mortal things: only the parasitic shudder, when the new world …

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A poem by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam : Sisters

Sisters Sisters – Heaviness and Tenderness- you look the same. Wasps and bees both suck the heavy rose. Man dies, and the hot sand cools again. Carried off on a black stretcher, yesterday’s sun goes. Oh, honeycombs’ heaviness, nets’ tenderness, …

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A poem by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam : Silentium

Silentium She has not yet been born: she is music and word, and therefore the untorn, fabric of what is stirred. Silent the ocean breathes. Madly day’s glitter roams. Spray of pale lilac foams, in a bowl of grey-blue leaves. …

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A poem by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam : Petropolis

Petropolis From a fearful height, a wandering light, but does a star glitter like this, crying? Transparent star, wandering light your brother, Petropolis, is dying. From a fearful height, earthly dreams are alight, and a green star is crying. Oh …

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A poem by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam : Tristia

Tristia I have studied the Science of departures, in night’s sorrows, when a woman’s hair falls down. The oxen chew, there’s the waiting, pure, in the last hours of vigil in the town, and I reverence night’s ritual cock-crowing, when …

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