Wednesday, 15 July 2015

How verses are made by Mayakovsky

pencil from the Sacco and Vanzetti factory as seen on eBay

The social task may be to provide the words for a song for the Red Army men on their way to the Petersburg front. The purpose is to defeat Yudenich. The material is words from the vocabulary of soldiers. The tools of production - a pencil stub,

wrote Vladimir Mayakovsky (1883-1930) in "How verses are made" (1926), J. Cape 1971, p. 19. And perhaps the pencil stub came from Hammer's pencil factory which around the time of Mayakovsky's death would be renamed Sacco and Vanzetti Pencil Factory.

Building barricades in Petrograd during offensive of General Yedenich, 1919.

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