By gates of Eden, Angel, gentle,
Shone with his softly drooped head,
And Demon, gloomy and resentful
Over the hellish crevasse flapped.

The spirit of qualm and negation
Looked at another one – of good,
And fire of the forced elation
First time he vaguely understood.

“I’ve seen you,” he enunciated, -  
“And not in vain you’ve sent me light:
Not all in heaven I have hated,
Not all in world I have despised.”

“Angel” by Pushkin

See you tomorrow! –The Daily Blini

image from http://www.albionmich.com/inspiration/pushpoems.html, poem found at http://www.poetryloverspage.com/yevgeny/pushkin/angel.html


Pushkin Poetry


Aleksandr Pushkin

This week we’ll be looking at a few short poetry selections by Pushkin. Each of them will have a title that starts with the letter A, so if you guys like when I post this sort of thing, I can post other sets later!

Amidst the Noisy Ball

Amidst the noisy ball, in Hell
Of everyday distress,
I’ve seen you, but the secret’s veil
Was covering your face.

Your fair eyes were sad and bright,
And voice was so sweet,
As sound of a pipe apart
Or murmur of the sea.

I’ve liked your fine and slender waist,
And thoughtful image, whole,
And sound of your voice -- it nests
Forever in my soul...

When tired, in my lone nights,
I lie down to pause --
And see your beautiful sad eyes,
And hear your merry voice.

And, sad, I fall asleep to see
My dreams that run above...
I’m sure not whether I love thee --
But, maybe, I’m in love.

See you tomorrow! –The Daily Blini

image and poem found at http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/pushkin/amidst_noisy_ball.html

Propaganda Poster Sunday


Soviet Masterprint

This looks like it might be some form of movie poster, but as the words are strewn all around I’m not sure what it says. Does anyone know?

See you tomorrow! –The Daily Blini

image from http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Soviet-Posters_i8179383_.htm

In the Forest


Illustration for "Snegurochka" [Snegurochka in the forest]

Illustration for “Snegurochka” [Snegurochka in the forest] Boris Zvorykin 1925

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image from http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/334657?rpp=30&pg=1&rndkey=20140927&ft=*&what=Watercolors&who=Boris+Zvorykin&pos=5

Ivan and Maria


Illustration for "Maria Morevna" [Tsarevich Ivan meets Tsarevna Maria]

Illustration for “Maria Morevna” [Tsarevich Ivan meets Tsarevna Maria] Boris Zvorykin 1925

See you tomorrow! –The Daily Blini

image from http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/335843?rpp=30&pg=1&rndkey=20140926&ft=*&what=Watercolors&who=Boris+Zvorykin&pos=1

La Belle Vassilissa


Illustration for "La Belle Vassilissa" [Vassilissa and Grandmother before the Tsar]

Illustration for “La Belle Vassilissa” [Vassilissa and Grandmother before the Tsar] by Boris Zvorykin 1925

See you tomorrow! –The Daily Blini

image from http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/335850?rpp=30&pg=1&rndkey=20140925&ft=*&what=Watercolors&who=Boris+Zvorykin&pos=2

Maria Morevna


Illustration for "Maria Morevna" [Koshchey the Deathless carries off Maria Morevna]

Illustration for “Maria Morevna” [Koshchey the Deathless carries off Maria Morevna] by Boris Zvorykin, 1925.

See you tomorrow! –The Daily Blini

image from http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/335844?rpp=30&pg=1&rndkey=20140924&ft=*&what=Watercolors&who=Boris+Zvorykin&pos=1