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.....
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.
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.
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