Russian poet and essayist
Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam (also spelled Mandelshtam; Russian: О́сип Эми́льевич Мандельшта́м; January 15, 1891 – December 27, 1938) was a Russian poet and essayist, one of the foremost members of the Acmeist school of poets.
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- We live, but we do not feel the land beneath us,
Ten steps away and our words cannot be heard.
- "Stalin Epigram" (November 1933) (Russian: Мы живем, под собою не чуя страны...; English: "We live, not sensing our own country beneath us",) trans. A. S. Kline.
- Only in Russia poetry is respected – it gets people killed. Is there anywhere else where poetry is so common a motive for murder?
- Quoted in Nadezhda Mandelstam, Hope Against Hope: A Memoir (1970), ch. 35