Vladimir Timofeevich Kirillov

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Kirillov, Vladimir Timofeevich


Born Oct. 2(14), 1890, in the village of Kharino, in the district of Dukhovshchina, in present-day Smolensk Oblast; died Dec. 18, 1943. Soviet Russian poet. Participant in the February and Great October Socialist Revolutions.

Kirillov was the son of peasants. His work was first published in 1913. He was active in the groups Proletkul’t (Proletarian Cultural and Educational Organization) and Kuznitsa (Smithy Poets). In 1918, Kirillov’s collection Verses was published. His poems, such as I Overhear the Songs of the Joyful Centuries Approaching (1917), The Iron Messiah (1918), To the Sailors (1918), and The 25th of October (1922), are filled with the enthusiasm of the revolutionary struggle, collectivism, and proletarian internationalism. They are also marked by hyperbole, abstract symbolism, and certain archaisms.


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