Politics

«Proletarians
arrive at communism
from below-
by the low way of mines,
sickles,
and pitchforks-
but I,
from poetry's skies,
plunge into communism,
because
without it
I feel no love.»
Homewards!

Mayakovsky's life was shaped almost entirely by the political situation around him, and his poetry seems to radiate the idea that he was not born during the revolution, but born for it. The above excerpt from Homewards! is one such example: to Mayakovsky, the proletarians may reach communism by somewhat brutal, common means, but he the poet can arrive there from a different place, a higher place, perhaps because he has an ability to see the world in a way that most people cannot.

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