"Night, street, lantern, pharmacy …" Alexander Blok
Night, street, lantern, pharmacy, Senseless and dim light. Live for at least a quarter of a century – Everything will be so. There is no outcome.
If you die, you will start again from the beginning And everything will repeat as before:
Night, ice channel ripples, Pharmacy, street, lantern.
Analysis of Blok’s poem “Night, Street, Lantern, Pharmacy …”
The poem "Night, Street, Lantern, Pharmacy …", created by Alexander Blok in 1912, is a turning point in the poet’s work. Eight short stanzas, written by four-stop iambus, not only brought their author worldwide fame, but also changed his life views. This work marked the new stage of creativity of Alexander Blok, in which he almost completely disowned the symbolism he adored, for the first time in his life thinking about more prosaic and banal things.
In 1912, Alexander Blok had already taken place as a poet, but his work was designed for sublime and refined muslin young ladies, who literally did not give an idol to their idol. The ease of being, the absence of clear goals – all this has turned Blok’s life into something ephemeral. The sobriety began gradually, and two tragedies played a significant role – the death of the son and father of the poet, who died in 1909. It was during this period that Alexander Blok first thought about the philosophical meaning of life, more precisely, its absence. And he realized that the symbolism, devoid of specifics and not in contact with the realities of being, no longer attracts him.
The poem "Night, Street, Lantern, Pharmacy …" is one of the first attempts by the poet to figure out why a person comes to this world.. Alexander Blok never received an answer to his question, and his conclusions, voiced in this work, suggest rather sad thoughts. Life itself is represented to the poet as a vicious circle, everything in it is cyclical and unchanging. At the same time, human existence is painted in joyless and gloomy tones, as evidenced by such epithets in the poem as “dull”, “meaningless”, “icy”. All that is given to man is to see only a piece of the universe, which in the poem by Alexander Blok is represented by the street, the lonely lantern and the house where the pharmacy is located. Without rejecting the possibility of reincarnation, the poet is convinced that, having died and born again, he will certainly see the same dull night landscape. However, this statement should not be taken literally, because Alexander Blok, having ceased to consider himself a symbolist, in his work from time to time still resorted to figurative comparisons. Therefore, in this context, his poem is perceived as an attempt to find the meaning of life, which is illusory. After all, before this, the poet believed that his work has an incontestable value for all of humanity, therefore he was convinced that it was necessary to convey his feelings and thoughts in verse. However, the unattractive reality forced Alexander Blok to reconsider his life values and priorities. Man is mortal, and his earthly existence is only an instant compared to eternity. Therefore, for one who realizes how short life is, even the most delightful poems cannot be the meaning and purpose.
The hopelessness that blows from the poem “Night, Street, Lantern, Pharmacy …” exactly conveys the mental state of Blok, who was faced with a difficult choice of life values. And I realized that such a choice, sooner or later, has to be made by each person. Material or spiritual, eternity or oblivion – this is what worries the poet at this stage. It is noteworthy that subsequently Alexander Blok decided on what is important and valuable for him. That is why, after the revolution, he remained in Russia, which actually doomed himself to death. But before the final choice is still more than five years old, and the discovery that life is essentially worthless and meaningless depresses the poet. “Everything will be like this. There is no outcome. ”