Birthday > Earth Day: Happy 144th, Vladimir Il’ich!

Never thought of it before, but Maiakovskii’s tripled refrain

Ленин ⎯ жил,
Ленин ⎯ жив,
Ленин ⎯ будет жить!

…in his poem Lenin, seems to echo Rosa Luxemburg‘s final written words in “Order Reigns in Berlin”:

Ich war,
Ich bin,
Ich werde sein!

Vladimir Lenin, born 144 years ago today. Some rare and not-so-rare posters of Lenin appear below. Click to enlarge.

Nikolai Akimov - Lenin. For every 10,000 enemies we will raise millions of new fighters, 1925

Krasnaia Niva 1920

3 thoughts on “Birthday > Earth Day: Happy 144th, Vladimir Il’ich!

  1. Время –
    начинаю
    про Ленина рассказ.
    Но не потому,
    что горя
    нету более,
    время
    потому,
    что резкая тоска
    стала ясною
    осознанною болью.
    Время,
    снова
    ленинские лозунги развихрь.
    Нам ли
    растекаться
    слезной лужею,-
    Ленин
    и теперь
    живее всех живых.
    Наше знанье –
    сила
    и оружие.

  2. “Rosa Luxemburg‘s final written words in “Order Reigns in Berlin”:

    Ich war,
    Ich bin,
    Ich werde sein!”
    Actually, Rosa quotes a 1850s poem by Ferdinand Freiligrath, entitled “Die Revolution”, in which Freiligrath speculates about the return of revolutionary upheaval after the 1848/49 defeat.

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