Treasure Island

Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov

(1814 - 1841 / Russia)

Sail


A lonely sail is flashing white
Amdist the blue mist of the sea!...
What does it seek in foreign lands?
What did it leave behind at home?..

Waves heave, wind whistles,
The mast, it bends and creaks...
Alas, it seeks not happiness
Nor happiness does it escape!

Below, a current azure bright,
Above, a golden ray of sun...
Rebellious, it seeks out a storm
As if in storms it could find peace!

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Sajna Kailas (6/28/2012 5:10:00 AM)

    amazing poem. One of the brilliant poem and poet of the Great USSR.
    Translation is very nice. It helps me For my Russian language study......
    Thanks a lot! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Dan Yaron (6/22/2007 6:15:00 PM)

    This is one of the most famous poems of Lermontov. Despite that this translation isn't rhymed the inner soul and soul of it are firmly emanating! The gallant courge of a lonely sail that flashes up against the unknown powers is remarkable. Moreover, those who have read about Lermontov know that he was a lofty and rebellious and stubborn like his sail. (Report) Reply

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