Monday, December 9, 2013

Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev

145 years ago today, on Dec. 10, 1868, Fyodor Tyutchev, who is considered one of the greatest Russian poets of the nineteenth century, published what would become one of his most widely quoted poems.

 In "You cannot understand Russia through reason," Tyutchev said Russia cannot be understood with the mind but must be believed in, an idea that, to this day, has found resonance with many Russians.....The Moscow Times

To understand Russia and Vladimir Putin it may be wise to know one of her greatest poets.  Perhaps Putin exercises great calm because he is inspired by great words, thoughts and beliefs.

by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev

 
Speak not, lie hidden, and conceal
the way you dream, the things you feel.
Deep in your spirit let them rise
akin to stars in crystal skies
that set before the night is blurred:
delight in them and speak no word.
How can a heart expression find?
How should another know your mind?
Will he discern what quickens you?
A thought once uttered is untrue.
Dimmed is the fountainhead when stirred:
drink at the source and speak no word.
Live in your inner self alone
within your soul a world has grown,
the magic of veiled thoughts that might
be blinded by the outer light,
drowned in the noise of day, unheard...
take in their song and speak no word.

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