In Defence of Marina Tsvetaeva, A Poetess and a Decent Human Being

MarinaTsvetaeva1{About the book “Marina Tsvetaeva” (The Woman, Her World, and Her Poetry) by Simon Karlinsky, Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature, Cambridge University Press, 2009}

Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941), Watch the video :Marina Tsvetaeva

Citing  from the above mentioned book: ” On November 25, 1917, Tsvetaeva went to Moscow to get her children. By the time she arrived the civil war was on. The way back to the Crimea was cut off. Tsvetaeva was separated from her husband and her sister  (who remained in the Crimea for the next 5 years). At the most difficult time imaginable, she was trapped in Moscow with two small children, with no income and entirely on her own for the first time in her life. She was twenty five years old, very near-sighted and utterly impractical. She was terrified of automobiles and elevators and she easily lost her way in the streets and even inside buildings. She survived the harrowing five years of cold, starvation and terror because of her tremendous human vitality and with the help of kindly friends and neighbors”. In the book describing that period, Marina Tsvetaeva was outlined in the excerpts with all her ineptitude, stamina, independence of spirit and occasional moments of reckless heroism. (p.72)

Harsh time can only create a harsh character. She was not the only one who survived. I am just wondering how she never lost her creativity. Never, ever… This is what for I admire this woman, a poet and a fighter.

Fighter, first, against every day spirituality routine : Watch video: Marina Tsvetaeva’s verses

Secondly, fighter for purity of love in the utmost highest sense of this word which is nowadays diminished. Watch video  Monologue about Sonechka

I have special bonds with Marina Tsvetaeva’s poetry and her as a human being. Raised and grown up in Soviet Russia, MarinaTsveraevaeducated at the time when nobody knew about Tsvetaeva and such, I opened up my heart to them later. And I adore the lyrical style and unusual images, comparisons in her dictation. Watch video: My Verses

And really I do not care about, what love affairs she had and with whom: women, men, or at one time, with both genders. It does not matter for me, indeed. She never hurt anybody, and her sexual orientation is and was of her own business. The important thing for me: Marina Tsvetaeva was a great poetess and a decent human being!

She was not a sinner as somebody wants to portray her. Watch video: Sinner (Marina Tsvetaeva)

Read my introductory poem “Sinning Genie” from the book “Sinning Genie” by Valentina Filina-Pattison, Canada, 2007:

“My Sinning Genie came with me to Canada,

Naive, unspoiled and self-disturbed,

Responding to beauty in Nature as a sonata,

Melodically sounded in a soul preserved”…

February 5, 2005.

Marina Tsvetaeva lived in the fantasy world, inspired by her poetic-and-non-poetic friends, her incomparable images were her realm. Listen again from :Verses by Marina Tsvetaeva

Russian literary authorities still keep a very tight rein on what can be written about Tsvetaeva and which of her writings may be published. This is understandable. With her explosive individuality and her refusal to be reduced to any literary, political or any other kind of common denominator, Tsvetaeva herself as well as her poetry are the very opposite of the slogans and stereotypes inherent in any compulsory ideology. In 1925, Tsvetaeva wrote that she would return to Russia “not as a permitted relic of the past, but as a desired, eagerly-awaited guest”. This has, to a large extent, come true. Video: II like it

To the right is my digital contribution to the image of Marina Tsvetaeva’s poetry, still lovely and desirable for all who loves poetry and beauty. At the top left is a portrait of Marina Tsvetaeva from the front cover of the book about her.


  1. Tolerance ,understanding and accepting people as they are. This is the sign of a civilized society which is not given into bigotry or hatred of things we as people do not fully understand.Your post shows everyone that you know and accept Marina Tsvetaeva as the great poetess of Russia in spite of her preferences as to whom she may have loved.She was as you stated a decent person who suffered much and this we must not forget.Janko

  2. I am glad that my universal humanitarian point of view on activities of the people, first, and life style,second, is shared with me.The appreciation of Marina Tsvetaeva’s poetry was shown to me recently as one example: the street in the village of Zagorodny of Sterlitamaksky District of the Republic of Bashkortostan is named after Marina Tsvetaeva.That is her popularity which increases with the years to come.

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