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February 1918-8 April 1919) (Something there is which has passed with her passing Irretrievably; But we may not mourn it And we may not reverence it Because that here and there Dully huddling together 39 INTRODUCTION Paunchy shop-keepers Spitefully reverence The dear memory of the corpse Here and there, Here and there ) The old must give way lovingly to the new, and the collapse of the old is inevitable. Such was Blok's message and warning. In his poetry, it sounded ^ y* Προίϊ/iëT BecHa — Hap; 3τοϋ HOBBIO, BcnoeHHan ΤΒΟΘΙΟ κροΒΒΐο, CoepeeT HOBan JIIOÖOBB.
We are not savages", he said at one stage, "to make a God out of the unknown and the frightening". But he insisted on their "cleverness". If only the intelligentsia could share out its * Letter of 5/XI/1910, IjrAJIII, No. 55, OHHCBNO. 3, Efl. No. 35. 38 INTRODUCTION education, not "the poisons" of its education, but all that was great and good in the past of Europe, with the people, in whom were "music", natural spontaneity of action, the "will to live"—then there would be hope for Rus sia. Blok made no attempt to take up active revolutionary work or to "go to the people" as the intelligentsia had attempted to do in the 1880's; his field was not constructive action and, besides, he already felt it to be too late.
Bely, who, as MochuFsky, the wise biographer of both poets, most penetratingly ob served, was in love with both Bloks, almost went out of his mind. He wrote letters of explanation long as short novels to everyone concerned, including Blok's mother who was extremely fond of him, stormed to and fro between Petersburg and Moscow, begging, pleading, analysing, discussing his woes with Zinaida Hippius and her sisters Tata and Nata. Blok's family troubles soon became the property of all literary Petersburg.
Alexander Blok. Selected Poems by Avril Pyman