Friendship Poem by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin


Rating: 2.8

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
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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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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Ramesh T A 22 May 2010

This poem talks about negative kind of friendship. There should not be this kind of friendship in the world. Negative kind of friendship is suitable only for conspirators.

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Brian Jani 22 May 2014

Alex nice poem man! !

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Brigie Murphy 21 June 2015

Indeed, that is a great poem

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Mahtab Bangalee 13 March 2019

wonderful expression on friendship- Exchange by vanity, inaction, Or bitter shame of patronage. ///

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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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Brigie Murphy 21 June 2015

That is a great poem, good job Alexander

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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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