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"Ptichka" ("The Little Bird")

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

Translated by Rachel Douglas

"Ptichka" (“The Little Bird”) dates from 1822, when the young Pushkin, Baron Anton Delvig, and other poet friends contrived a poetic contest—“a sort of wager, or a steeple-chase, by our young poets,” as Countess Yevdoksiya Rostopchina later noted down the recollection of Pushkin’s brother—on the theme of “the little bird, set free.” The image came, as Pushkin wrote in a letter to Nikolai Gnedich, from “the Russian peasant’s touching custom of setting free a little bird on Easter.”

Away from home, I reverently observe
The age-old custom of my native land:
At Eastertide, the bright feast of rebirth,
I set a little bird free, by my hand.

And thus I have access to consolation;
For why ‘gainst God should I e’er grumble so,
If on one little being of His creation
I was allowed its freedom to bestow!

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inneroptics:

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ, Keith Haring

HH:  A two-fer, two of my favorites.

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