PBC0255: hope for new life
PBC 255 marks a feeling among several poets and writers of high hopes for renewal in the Russian villages and vast rural regions. Mainly, though not always, at the moment of the 1917 revolutions PBC 255 expresses great faith in the power of ordinary people to perform great deeds to improve the Russian land, for example, drain swamps and redirect rivers to irrigate the dry, hungry steppe (W223, W525). Always uplifting, the mood is at times prayerful, imploring a higher power to give birth to “another steppe” (W181) and at times predictive—foretelling a metaphorical, magically beautiful “silver-grained harvest” in the near future (W 193).
“ I crumple the map in my hands… ”