the Power of poetry

Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky

Влади́мир Влади́мирович Маяко́вский

Mayakovsky was a poet, playwright and revolutionary artist. As a teenager, he was imprisoned for his political activities and after
the Russian revolution, became famous for both his poetry and his collaborations with other artists, including El Lissitzky, Rodchenko and Stepanova.

Art is not a mirror to reflect the world,
but a hammer with which to shape it.

a rhyme is a barrel of dynamite
a rhyme is a fuse
that's lit
the line smoulders
the rhyme explodes...





No fun

To tinker at factories,

Your face in coke-soot smearing,

And then after work, at another’s luxury

To blink, with eye balls bleary.

Enough of penny worth truths!

Old trash from your hearts erase!

Streets for paint-brushes we’ll use,

Our palettes – squares with their wide-open space.

Revolution’s days have yet to be sung

 by the thousand page book of time.

Into the streets, the crowds among,



 masters of rhyme!

"We have seen a tide of increasingly jejune depoliticised versions of Constructivism perpetrated by western graphic designers
over the years.
The most conspicuous – and egregious – recent example of this is the Franz Ferdinand album You Can Have It So Much Better which reworks a famous Rodchenko photomontage of 1924 for a Moscow publisher in which Lilya Brik, the muse of the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, joy­ously cries out 'books'


Advertising is the poetry of the 20th century.

translation of advertising text by M

Rainy rain, you cannot hurt me. I would not go out without galoshes. Because of Rezinotrest
[Soviet rubber-industry trust] every place is dry for me. Sold everywhere.


"The heart yearns for a bullet
while the throat raves of a razor ...
the soul shivers;
she's caught in the ice,
and there's no escape for her!"


The dramatic story tells us that he had accepted suicide two days before he committed it. He began playing Russian roulette once a day -- and won twice.

On the third day, April 14, he wrote a note,
put on a clean shirt (following Russian superstitions), placed a single cartridge in his revolver, and played Russian roulette once again. This time he lost.

When Mayakovsky died, scientists studied his brain and discovered it weighed 1,700 grams versus the average 1,400.


very good Mayakovsky information

hear him read his own works, and his poems read by others including L. Brik, with English translations!

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