To A Young Poet Poem by Valery Yaklovich Bryusov

To A Young Poet

Rating: 3.0


Pale youth with burning gaze,
I give you three commandments now:
Follow the first: don't live by the present,
The future is a poet's only place.

Second, remember: feel for no one,
Love yourself without bounds.
Safeguard the third: worship art,
Art alone, without thought or goal.

Pale youth with embarrassed gaze!
If you follow my three commandments,
I'll die in peace, a defeated warrior,
Knowing I leave a poet behind.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 06 October 2020

What dreadful advice! ! ! To love thyself and no one else would yield a harvest of stunted and warped " poetry" of absolutely no wisdom, no understanding, no depth. Hopefully, Bryusov was being sarcastic.

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Khairul Ahsan 06 October 2020

'The future is a poet's only place' - I agree, it's a good piece of advice. Congratulations on the poem's selection as the 'Classic Poem of the Day'!

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Jayatissa K Liyanage 06 October 2020

Seems an inspiration and a motivation to budding poets..

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Dr Antony Theodore 06 October 2020

Pale youth with embarrassed gaze! If you follow my three commandments, I'll die in peace, a defeated warrior, Knowing I leave a poet behind. very fine poem. tony

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Mahtab Bangalee 06 October 2020

Follow the first: don't live by the present, The future is a poet's only place. Second, remember: feel for no one, Love yourself without bounds. Safeguard the third: worship art, Art alone, without thought or goal.....wow great three commandments for young poet; lets follow these three commandments and make the Poet Valery Yaklovich Bryusov immortal.....

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Sylvia Frances Chan 07 October 2021

A true Russian Poet, very dramatic words, but he wrote his own poetry.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 07 October 2021

Bryusov also began to publish his own poems, which were very much influence by the Decadent and Symbolist movements of his contemporary Europe.

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Kim Barney 06 October 2021

Susan Williams said it best!

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 06 October 2021

Poetry is the language of the heart and mind. To love oneself without bounds and feel for no one is in derogation of this noblest art. I concur with the wonderful comments of Susan Williams.

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Chinedu Dike 06 October 2021

Well expressed thoughts and feelings written from the heart....

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