Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

(1891 - 1938 / Warsaw)

When On The Squares And In Solitary Silence - Poem by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

When on the squares and in solitary silence
We slowly go out of our minds,
Brutal winter will offer us
Cold and clear Rhine wine.

The frost offers us in a silver pail
The white wine of Valhalla,
And for us it recalls
A clear image of a northern man.

But northern skalds are rude,
Don't know the joy of the game,
And to northern troops are dear
Amber, feasts and flames.

They only dream of the southern air,
The magic of a foreign sky.
-- Nevertheless the stubborn friend
Still refuses to try.

Comments about When On The Squares And In Solitary Silence by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

There is no comment submitted by members..

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

[Report Error]