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The Russian Mind

Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov 1866 (Moscow) – 1949 (Rome)



Willful and avid mind,-
The Russian mind is dangerous as flame:
So unrestrainable, so clear,
A happy and a gloomy mind.

Like the steady hand of a compass
It sees the pole through swells and fog;
It leads the timid will
From distracted dreams to life.

Like an eagle gazing through the mist
To survey the valley's dust
It soberly contemplates the earth,
Floating in a mystic night.

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Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov

Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov was a Russian poet and playwright associated with the Russian Symbolist movement. more…

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