Commentary to the poem “They stirred up the preadamite evil...”
Here is stanza 1:
They stirred up in its den the preadamite evil,
Today, after the victory in Ukraine of the so-called revolution of dignity, the Ukrainian nationalists follow the way of their predecessors.
Here comes to mind Alexander Pushkin’s poem “To the Defamers of Rossia” (this text is adapted from Vyacheslav Chetin’s translation):
What’s that you’re trumpeting about, calumniators?
These here contiguous tribes already
The question is if Slavic floods will ever
Leave us alone: you’re unacquainted
Why? On the grounds that, on the ashes
Who’d been predominating kingdoms, to abyss,
Thus having paid with our lifeblood
To hear you talk, you’re tough; then test yourselves in action!
Or brawls with Europe any different
As if we’re few; as if from Taurida to Perm reels,
From Kremlin, shaken to the core,
The poem was written in 1966, modified in 1976.