PBC0142: alienation from war

PBC 142 expresses Bolsheviks’ alienation from World War I. In one instance, the poet commands invaders to quit Russian and Polish territory, while ironically sporting the title of “Napoleon”: “Go, you crazy people, leave Russia, Poland./ Today I am Napoleon!” (W311). Elsewhere, the poet claims that he, the poet from Moscow’s Presnia district, was “killed by the war” (W311). Another reference to war-weariness comes in W115 in which the poet addresses a communist sick of the “Carpathians,” the site of some of Imperial Russia’s biggest successes and then failures.

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“  I crumple the map in my hands…  ”

–  Bogorodskii