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Even tually, however, Lyubov' Dmitriyevna decided to stay with her husband, Bely went abroad and Blok's life passed into a completely new phase. The epigraph to the third published collection of Blok's verse, "The Earth in Snow" (1908), is taken from one of his favourite poets—Apollon Grigoriev. It tells how a comet hurtles blazing through the sky, threatening the other stars in their ordered courses. But the comet is indifferent to the chaos and the discord which it leaves in its erratic wake.
There's a m a n goes blind in it. " At the time he was writing the Verses about the Most Beautiful Lady, the roaring sound still seemed to come from "other worlds". Blok did not as yet consciously associate it with Revolution. Indeed, to judge by his correspond ence, he appears to have looked on peasant uprisings, which, in the early years of the twentieth century were a sporadic, almost a seasonal, feature 26 INTRODUCTION of Russian country life, as distressing evils in the nature of droughts and outbreaks of cholera, with which, in fact, they were not infrequently asso ciated.
91), but, from the beginning, he was horrified at the thought of the machines taking over and of man binding himself to the service of his own greed: inventing for the sake of invention, launching out into space simply because the ma chines were there to take him, producing more and more useless goods, grinding out more and more terrible weapons and sacrificing his own life to this Mo loch of his own creation. Again, it was not the idea of service to which Blok objected any more than the idea of industrialization.
Alexander Blok. Selected Poems by Avril Pyman