Margarita Iosifovna Aliger (September 24, 1915 - August 1, 1992) was a famous Soviet poet, translator, and journalist.
She was born in Odessa in a family of Jewish office workers; the real family name was Zeliger. As a teenager she worked at a chemical plant. From 1934 to 1937 she studied at the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute.
The main themes of her early poetry were the heroism of the Soviet people during industrialization (Year of birth, 1938; Railroad, 1939; Stones and grass, 1940) and during World War II (Lyrics, 1943). Her most famous poem is "Zoya" (1942), about Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, a young girl killed by Nazis. This work was one of the most popular ... more »
The detailed chronicles of the English kings,
sun and deep darkness, ardency and fear,
fire of feasts and cold of armors' ring.
Again they argue - flippancy and wisdom,
virtue and perfidy, the scheming and insight;
again a villain grabs the whole kingdom,
again a hero rises for his fight.
These bloody hands among the flames and ruins,
bowls with poison, and the rusty swords -
are real torments of the real humans,
laments in night, cry of the tortured souls.
Prayers for mercy, for divine salvation,
struggle with fate - the everlasting ...