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To A Young Poet

Rating: 2.9

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!
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
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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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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Jayatissa K Liyanage 06 October 2020

Seems an inspiration and a motivation to budding poets..

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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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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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Savita Tyagi 06 October 2020

Feel fo no one! ! ! No wonder the poet felt like a defeated warrior!

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Luis Estable 06 October 2020

The last two lines give the idea that he has not lived by those three commandments and thus does not consider himself a poet and if the youth he is addressing does so he will be or become a poet and he will die in peace, and here we assume that he will go first, but defeated for he fought to be a poet but could not achieved victory.

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Deluke Muwanigwa 06 October 2020

Since he is late his thoughts expired. I disagree a poet is a machinr of empathy thats why we write. Love people and the art will follow. Any way he is from the soulless western culture and i am from the more civilised soulful african culture. The poem is great..the message reckless...my opinion

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Ramesh T A 06 October 2020

Wonderful advice for the budding Poets of the world indeed!

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