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Irony - Poem by Yevgeny Yevtushenko
The twentieth century has often fooled us.
We've been squeezed in by falsehood as by taxes.
The breath of life has denuded our ideas
as quickly as it strips a dandelion.
As boys fall back on biting sarcasm,
so we rely for safe defense
on an irony not too suppressed,
not too naked either.
It has served as a wall or dam
to shield us against a flood of lies,
and hands have laughed as they applauded,
and feet sniggered as they marched.
They could write about us, and we've allowed
them to make movies of this scribbled trash,
but we have reserved the right
to treat all this with quiet irony.
In our contempt we felt superior.
All this is so, but probing deeper,
irony, instead of acting as our savior,
you have become our murderer.
We're cautious, hypocritical in love.
Our friendships are lukewarm, not brave,
and our present seems no different from
our past, so cunningly disguised.
Through life we scurry. In history,
like any Faust, we've been prejudged.
With Mephistophelian smile, irony,
like a shadow, dogs our every step.
In vain we try to dodge the shadow.
The paths in front, behind, are blocked.
Irony, to you we've sold our soul,
receiving no Margaret in return.
You have buried us alive.
Bitter knowledge has made us powerless,
and our weary irony ironically
has turned against ourselves.
Translated by George Reavey (revised)
Comments about Irony by Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Poems About Irony
- 1. Irony , Yevgeny Yevtushenko
- 2. Irony , David Herbert Lawrence
- 3. Irony , Amy Lowell
- 4. The Slavery Of Irony , Lonnie Hicks
- 5. 0368 Post-Modern Irony , Michael Shepherd
- 6. **the Aesthetic Formula... (Irony) , Gioom Galen
- 7. Destiny's Irony , Swatimalya Chattopadhyay
- 8. The Irony Of Despair , Lauren Phillips
- 9. Irony Of Fate , shreya koppaka
- 10. A Lump ….And …..An Irony …. [ By Bri Ed.. , Bri Edwards
- 11. যাদুর প্রদীপের মালিকেরা (Irony In Imagery) , Muzahidul Reza
- 12. Irony Of The Silvery Years , C. P. Sharma
- 13. Irony Of Life , Kavya ...
- 14. Irony (Haiku) , Kelly Kurt
- 15. Irony Of Love , Judith Punzalan
- 16. Irony , Roderic Quinn
- 17. Irony Of A Man , Stevens Cadet
- 18. The Irony We Count On... , M.D Dinesh Nair
- 19. Irony (Senryu) , Govind Ramakrishnan
- 20. Irony Of The World. , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
- 21. Irony , Vivek Haldar
- 22. Irony Of Civilization , Sanjukta Nag
- 23. Irony , Jono Alford
- 24. Irony , Adryan Rotica
- 25. The Irony Of Life , Mihaela Pirjol
- 26. The Irony Of A Concept , M.D Dinesh Nair
- 27. Irony Of Dreams , Barry Van Allen
- 28. (social) Irony , Allison Riches
- 29. The Irony Of Love , Hal Caufield
- 30. Irony. , Deepti Agarwal
- 31. The Irony Of A Perfect Life! , Manisha Malani
- 32. Irony , Ebenezer Adeyanju
- 33. Bitter Irony......Haiku , v.m.saraswathy munuswamy
- 34. A Bitter Taste Of Irony (For........) , Not Long Left
- 35. A Great Irony! , Ramesh T A
- 36. Warning: Irony And Others Ahead , Raj Arumugam
- 37. An Irony Of Nature! , Ramesh T A
- 38. Irony And Unthinkability , gershon hepner
- 39. Irony Of Peace , dr. ram sharma
- 40. Irony , dr. ram sharma
- 41. The Irony In Life , Bironga Chadwick
- 42. Irony (10w) , Pradip Chattopadhyay
- 43. A Big Irony! , Ramesh T A
- 44. The Irony , RIC S. BASTASA
- 45. Irony Of Things , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
- 46. Irony , prasanna kumari
- 47. Irony , Joseph J. Hernandez
- 48. B: Xxxxxxvii: Grand Irony , Douglas Scotney
- 49. Irony Is The Last Refuge , Shalom Freedman
- 50. This Grey Pavement And This Grey Sky (A .. , Shalom Freedman
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