Friendship Poem by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin


Rating: 2.9

What's friendship? The hangover's faction,
The gratis talk of outrage,
Exchange by vanity, inaction,
Or bitter shame of patronage.

Friday, January 3, 2003
Topic(s) of this poem: friendship
Michael Hagwood 19 July 2015

i get a feeling that the poet was mad about something when he worte the poem

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Kevin Patrick 22 May 2012

The hangover faction, suggest that a friend is like alchohaul, a pretense of joy through chemical delusions which in the end are a futile and somewhat painful enchantment, that would have been wise to take in moderation. In an era were facebook makes friends out of people we have no personal knowledge of other than a cursory and superficial pleasantries, it suggest that connections are doomed if they exists as surface niceness. A true friend is someone who goes beyond the exchange of vanity and inaction and is one who listens and excepts one through the worst times. That is a friend and Pushkin is merrily elucidating the qualities of what a friend is not, but which we generally go by.

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Brigie Murphy 21 June 2015

That is a great poem, good job Alexander

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Carlos Echeverria 22 May 2012

What's friendship to Pushkin? Its very basis he throws into question, implying we have two faces.

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Stephen W 22 May 2014

Emma, a seeming Russian, tells us it is a good translation. This puzzles me, because it doesn't make any sense in English at all.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 04 May 2024

PART A (2) on empty talk and vanity. He suggests that friendships are often formed out of convenience or a desire for status, rather than genuine affection or compatibility.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 04 May 2024

PART A - Friendship is a thought-provoking poem that offers a more cynical and realistic perspective on human relationships. In this poem, Pushkin dismisses friendship as a superficial and self-serving bond based

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Sylvia Frances Chan 04 May 2024

PART C: "Friendship, " however, offers a more realistic perspective on human relationships and reflects the social and political context of the time, marked by widespread disillusionment and skepticism after the December 1825 rebellion

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Sylvia Frances Chan 04 May 2024

PART B: The poem points out the possibility of betrayal and exploitation within friendships, describing this as a 'bitter shame of patronage'. Interestingly, this poem stands out from Pushkin's other works, which often explore themes of love, romance, and nature.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 04 May 2024

CONGRATS being chosen as the Classic Poem Of The Day by Poem Hunter and Team. Most deserving brevity!

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