Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A soul divided …

… Transmissions from a Lone Star: The Slow Creative Death of Vladimir Mayakovsky | Columnists | RIA Novosti.

This rotten material is important. Viewed in context, it exposes the unbearable struggle taking place inside Mayakovsky as he fought to adapt to a time that had no place for him. The straining for effect, the leaden weight of political correctness – all of that is tangible in his later poetry. It cheapened his work and ate at his soul, and he was acutely aware of what was happening to him. 

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