PBC0080: political alienation
PBC 80 conveys the alienation nationalist feel for capital, Saint Petersburg, during World War I. It is expressed in a capital that has “forgotten its former glory like a drunk harlot, not knowing who will take her” (W27). Ironically, it is the “proud capital” now bewitched by a peasant, here, Grigorii Rasputin (W247). In another instance, the poet leaves the capital for “God’s country,” Karelia, in the far north (W20).