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Poetry By Yulia Dmitrieva

Updated on May 8, 2014

Russian Poetry (in English)

This lens is about Poetry by Yulia Dmitrieva.

Yulia is a Russian living in Richmond, West London, U.K.

"I was interested in poetry as long as I can remember myself. My favourite children's books were poems. I have always been fascinated by languages and also by music. For me, poetry represents the best of both worlds. Here I want to share some of the poems I have written and also some information about my favourite poets and poetry styles."

Yulia was born in Moscow, lived some of her childhood in Budapest, Hungary, then moved to London a decade ago. Her poetry is influenced by Ezra Pound, Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) and D.H. Lawrence.

See Yulia's Website... for more of her poetry and children's stories including "Izzy the Snail"

On Poetry

Here are some thoughts on my favourite poets and poetry styles.

Late XIX and first part of XX century have produced a great number of poets and poetry styles. The poetry landscape was blossoming with a great variety of exotic flowers in different shapes, colours, sizes and forms.

I am enclosing extracts from some of my favourite poems in the original languages (and in case of Russian poems, in English transcription).

Symbolism was a movement that was formed in the end of XIX century, inspired by great philosophers such as Nietzsche amongst others. The poems are exquisite, mysterious, written in riddles. Block, Brusov and Baudelaire are my favourite poets representing this style. Edith Sitwell's poetry was also strongly influenced by symbolism.

Noch'. Ulitsa. Phonar'. Apteka

Bessmislenniy i tuskliy svet.

Zhivi estche khot chetvert veka

Vse budet tak. Iskhoda net.

(Alexander Block)

JANE, Jane,

Tall as a crane,

The morning light creaks down again;

Comb your cockscomb-ragged hair,

Jane, Jane, come down the stair.

Each dull blunt wooden stalactite

Of rain creaks, hardened by the light,

Sounding like an overtone

From some lonely world unknown.

(Edith Sitwell)

Imagism was a movement that celebrated precision of imagery, and clear language.

Ezra Pound, Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), D.H. Lawrence are the imagists I love.

An Immorality

Sing we for love and idleness,

Naught else is worth the having.

Though I have been in many a land,

There is naught else in living.

And I would rather have my sweet,

Though rose-leaves die of grieving,

Than do high deeds in Hungary

To pass all men's believing.

(Ezra Pound)

Futurists wanted to paint their picture on a blank canvas with no consideration for the past, using new materials and textures. The following Russian poets represent this movement: Khlebnikov, Mayakovsky, Severyanin.


Ananasi v shampanskom!

Ananasi v shampanskom!

Udivitelno vkusno, iskristo, ostro!

Ves' ya v chemto norvezhskom!

Ves' ya v chemto ispanskom!

Vdokhnovl'ayus porivno! I berus' za pero!

(Igor Severyanin)

Acmeism is a Russian movement that was categorised by poets striving for "beautiful clarity" in their writing. Gumilev, Akhmatova, Mandelshtam are my favourite poets acmeists.

Another Russian movement that I love is called new-peasant movement. In my opinion, it is best represented by Sergey Esenin who writes about Russia better than anyone else.

Surrealist poetry in my view is best represented by David Gascoyne, Jacque Prevert, Garcia Lorca.

La noche quieta siempre

El dia va y viene

La noche muerta y alta

El dia con una ala

La noche sobre espejos

Y el dia bajo el viento

(Garcia Lorca)


Une orange sur la table

Ta robe sur le tapis

Et toi dans mon lit

Doux présent du présent

Fraîcheur de la nuit

Chaleur de ma vie

(Jacques Prevert)

Yulia's Poems

Stephen Fry - The Ode Less Travelled - Unlocking the Poet Within


She is looking at me

No, not looking at me

She is staring, pretending

That she doesn't see

As the train, moving slowly

Taking us to the sea

I am trying to look,

I can't help it, but see:

She is going to party

All dressed up like a puppet

Bright red lipstick and handbag,

False eye lashes and tan

She is staring, pretending

To look forward to party

And I'm looking, pretending,

Not to care, not to see.

Is she sad? Is she happy?

Why the dress? And the make up?

What location? What purpose?

What is there - to see?

As the train, moving slowly

Taking us into darkness

She and I sit there, looking,

Pretending TO BE.

Balderdash or Do Opposites Attract?

Eloquent - Relevant

Elegant - Arrogant

Haughty - Benevolent

Simple - Naive

Eccentric - Eclectic!

Prosaic - Poetic!

Severe - Empathetic!

Illusive - Concrete!

Books by Margaret Atwood

Quand j'etais petite

Miniskirts and Princess Leia

Disco fashion and Concrete

Platform shoes and Tropicana

Have you guessed quand j'etais petite?

Arrogant Black Polo Neck

I am a black polo neck

A friend of philosophers and the dull.

I like to stand up straight around the neck

And watch the world go slowly by.

I am a dreamer

I am a player

I am a reader

I am a spy

You call me anything

You desire

I am simply Elegance and


Piano Concert

Take deep breath...

The concert is beginning.

First, a slightest drop of music

Slowly, ripples spread across the lake

My heart stops, and starts

Like an unprepared swimmer,

Butterflies graciously


I sit still, intoxicated,

Magic fills the concert hall

Music flows, precise and simple

I am quiet, I listen and observe.

Silence settles in

And Storm "Applause" arrives.

Music stopped! I am grieving

Magic leaves the hall...

It's getting cold again

September, then December

The winter starts

And autumns hasn't been

It's getting cold again

And life's not getting simpler

The winter traffic jams

The cold and chill

Come summer, come

Bring light and flowers

The drinks on terrace

And a touch of sin

It's getting cold again

I'm full of anger

Wishing away the months

And waiting for the life to begin

There is a face that you can't see.....

There is a face that you can't see

It hides the darker side of me

The tacky pink, the lollipop,

Pretentions bird that utters: "squawk!"

The ancient dungeon full of mould

The heart that's black, with touch of gold

An ugly face, Enfant terrible

That speaks clichés and mixes linguae

My friends, there is a face that you can't see

It hides the darker side of me

Where Is the Off Switch Button On My Brain?

Where is the off switch button on my brain?

Have you seen the instruction manual?

I must have lost it.

It gets overheated day-by-day

And is getting me rather


If someone heard me think aloud

They would have thought I was insane.

Can someone help me to shut up my brain?!

I'm tired of thinking, thinking, thinking

I'm tired of worrying and


Tired of dreaming, and pretences

Tired of hiding what

I don't have.

What feelings? Where are those?

What intuition?

What living in the moment's all about?

Please someone help me tame it,

Just a little

I am tired, tired of my brain.

Yulia would like to know what you think about her poetry

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Wonderful poetry! I am blessing this lens and putting it on my poetry review angel lens!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      Some of Yulia's poems have very much depth and they were a pleasure to read. For a time, I became lost in the mind of another which, at times, seems similar to my own.

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      PBirdener 8 years ago

      Excellent. You've made some good points, and I love the sharp imagery.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by my lens.

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      Have always loved poetry.

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      Simeyc1 8 years ago

      Very nice work here...I Lensrolled it to my Amateur Poetry Lens - hope you don't mind!!!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Wow! I've tried writing poetry but it never turns out the way I want it to. I envy the poets of the world. Its the highest form of literature.

      Great lens


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wonderful to read these poems once again. This lens has risen to the top! :)

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      PosterChildSmile 8 years ago

      AndyPo and Yulia, this is a wonderful poetry lens. Many memories have just passed before my heart, some in a sad note...with healing wings! Thanks for sharing such touching thoughts.

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      Very nice work Yulia. It was hard to choose but my favorite is "Pretenders" Hope see more soon!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to JaguarJulie] thank you very much Jaguar Julie!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to poddys] oh thank you very much!!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      I think I like this best:

      Eloquent - Relevant

      Elegant - Arrogant

      Haughty - Benevolent

      Simple - Naive

      Eccentric - Eclectic!

      Prosaic - Poetic!

      Severe - Empathetic!

      Illusive - Concrete!

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Lovely poetry and a very nice lens.

      It's good to get to know a bit about your other half Andy.

      5***** and looking forward to more poetry.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice work Yulia!

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      Mayflowerblood 8 years ago

      so cool! I bet she's happy you did this =]

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      [in reply to JustBon-Crochet-Designs]

      Message from Yulia:

      Merci. Oui

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I enjoyed my visit and reading your work. And I'm guessing tu etais petite dans les 70s. Non? 5*s.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I find myself looking for that off switch at times! Thanks! Nice lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Jewelsofawe] thank you!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Really good poetry.

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      I have to say that poetry really isn't my thing. But I did find your words interesting. :)