Commentary to the song “On Fatal Dates and Figures”.
This song calls to mind Alexander Pushkin’s poem “To the Poet” (adapted from Rupert Moreton’s translation):
O poet! take no care of people’s valuation.
Here also comes to mind Gabdulla Tukay’s poem “For Memory”.
“At twenty-six, his end one in a pistol duel faced...” — Mikhail Lermontov was killed in a duel at the age of twenty-six.
“...another — in a noose in that darned hostel” — Sergey Yesenin was found hanged in the Angleterre Hotel in Leningrad when there remained three days before the start of 1926 (there is no doubt that he died a violent death).
A l e x a n d e r P u s h k i n was mortally wounded in a duel at the age of thirty-seven in 1837.
V l a d i m i r M a y a k o v s k y shot himself shortly before reaching thirty-seven years old (his death seems to be the result of a failed suicide stimulation).
G e o r g e B y r o n died at the thirty-seventh year of his life.
A r t h u r R i m b a u d died at the age of thirty-seven.
The presented text is partly adapted from Eugeny Derbarmdiker and Sergey Roy’s translations.