My Demon

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My Demon is an autobiographical poem from his collection Poems by Alexander Puskin (1888), translated by Ivan Panin.
An illustration for the story My Demon by the author Alexsander Pushkin
Wassily Kandinsky, Points, 1920
An illustration for the story My Demon by the author Alexsander Pushkin
Wassily Kandinsky, Points, 1920
An illustration for the story My Demon by the author Alexsander Pushkin
In those days when new to me were
Of existence all impressions:—
The maiden's glances, the forests' whisper,
The song of nightingale at night;
When the sentiments elevated
Of Freedom, glory and of love,
And of art the inspiration
Stirred deeply so my blood:—
My hopeful hours and joyful
With melancholy sudden dark'ning
A certain evil spirit then
Began in secret me to visit.
Grievous were our meetings,
His smile, and his wonderful glance,
His speeches, these so stinging
Cold poison poured into my soul.
Providence with slander
Inexhaustible he tempted;
Of Beauty as a dream he spake
And inspiration he despised;
Nor love, nor freedom trusted he,
On life with scorn he looked—
And nought in all nature
To bless he ever wished.

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