An Analysis Yevtushenko speaks in first person throughout the poem. This creates the tone of him being in the shoes of the Jews.
This creates the tone of him being in the shoes of the Jews.
As he says in lines"No Jewish blood is mixed in mine, but let me be a Jew. The poet writes of a future time when the Russian people realize that the Jews are people as well accept them as such. If you hate the Jews, he asks, why not hate me as well? True peace and unity will only occur when they have accepted everyone, including the Jews.
Stanza I describes the forest of Babi Yar, a ravine on the outskirts of Kiev. It was the site of the Nazi massacre of more than thirty thousand Russian Jews on September There is no memorial to the thirty thousand, but fear pervades the area. Fear that such a thing could occur at the hands of other humans.
The poet feels the persecution and pain and fear of the Jews who stood there in this place of horror. Yevtushenko makes himself an Israelite slave of Egypt and a martyr who died for the sake of his religion.
In lineshe claims that he still bars the marks of the persecution of the past. There is still terrible persecution of the Jews in present times because of their religion. These lines serve as the transition from the Biblical and ancient examples he gives to the allusions of more recent acts of hatred.
The lines also allude to the fact that these Russian Jews who were murdered at Babi Yar were martyrs as well. The next stanza reminds us of another event in Jewish history where a Jew was persecuted solely because of his religious beliefs.
Anti-Semitism is his "betrayer" line 12 when he is framed, and anti-Semitism is his "judge" line 12 when he is wrongly found guilty. Lines claim that even the fine and supposedly civilized women of society shun Dreyfus because he is a Jew and fear him like they would fear an animal.
He gives the readers the image of a young boy on the floor being beaten and bleeding while he witnesses others beat his mother. In line 24, he gives the reader the rationale of the Russians who are inflicting such atrocities on the Jews.
In a way they think that they are acting in patriotism. He describes to the reader the innocent love that has blossomed between Anne and Paul. Her love of the world and life and spring has been denied her line Yet, she manages to find comfort for her loss in the embrace of her beloved.
She tries to drown out the noise of the Nazis coming to get her. When her precious spring comes, so do the war and the Nazis to take her to her death. Stanza V brings us back to the ravine of Babi Yar. In line 40, the poet chooses to personify the trees.
They "stare down" on him in judgment as G-d would. Line 41 is oxymoronic."Babi Yar" By Yevgeny Yevtushenko: An Analysis Yevtushenko speaks in first person throughout the poem. This creates the tone of him being in the shoes of the Jews.
"Babi Yar" by Yevgeny Yevtushenko: An Analysis Yevtushenko speaks in first person throughout the poem. This creates the tone of him being in the shoes of the Jews. Very rarely, a poem changes the way a nation remembers its history.
Russian dissident Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s “Babi Yar” was one such poem. Penned in , “Babi Yar” refers to the ravine. Feb 12, · Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s famous poem “Babi Yar” is a meditation on a particular place in the Soviet Union (a place in fact named in the title) where tens of thousands of Jews were killed by.
Overcoming these divides, Yevtushenko’s poem and Shostakovich’s Thirteenth Symphony serve together as a memorial to all victims of genocide and persecution. In “Babi Yar”, written in , Yevtushenko openly denounced Soviet anti-Semitism.
Soviet policy normally emphasized Nazi atrocities against all Soviet citizens and avoided any mention of the Nazis’ methodical annihilation of Jews. A review of the poem “Babi Yar” by Yevgeny Yevtushenko about the Nazi massacre of Jews in Yevtushenko speaks in first person throughout the poem.