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And nearer yet, the premonition stronger, But, Ah! The expectation is unbearable ... And the seer falls, struck dumb, Hearing the thunder close upon the road) —this thunderous roaring sound rumbles through all Blok's w o r k : "EJIH3KIÌÌI ryji B nyTn" (1901), " T O T ryji, κ ο τ ο ρ υ ϋ B03pacTaeT TaK βυοτρο, HTO C KaJKftHM TOflOM MH CJIHUIHM ΘΓΟ ΗΟΗΘΗ H HCHefi" (1908), "JIlOftH KyJIL·TypH, CTopoHHHKH nporpecca, οτβορΗΗθ HHTejiJinreHTH—c neHOü y pTa οτροητ MaraHHH, ABHraioT Bnepëfl Hayny, B TaüHon 3Jio6e, CTapancB 3aÖHTB n ΗΘ cjiHniaTL· ryji CTHXHH 3ΘΜΗΗΧ H nofl3eMHBix, npo6yHî,niaionj[HHCH TO TaM, TO 3Aecb" (1908), "ECTB HeMOTa—TO ryji HaôaTa" (1914), "ΜΗΘ HaniraaeT Ka3aTBCH, HTO 3a ropoACKHM ryjioM H cjiHiny em;ë KaKOö-το ryji" (August 1917), " H a flHHX, jiema.

For this reason, I do not know Her so well. By rights my place is with the real deca­ dents—without top or bottom. But often this does not appeal to me, and I return again ... There my fall is watched By flights of joyous angels. Beside the personal and the religious, there was also a third reason why Blok gradually gave up the attempt to write poetry about the Most Beautiful Lady: this was that he found art and religion increasingly incompatible. " This entry was made under the direct influence of Zinaida and Dmitry Merezhkovsky, at that time the undisputed leaders of the intellectual and artistic élite of Petersburg.

Two more journeys abroad before the outbreak of the First World War (1911, 1913) confirmed Blok in his opinion that Europe was dying—and dying most ungracefully in a fever of senseless activity. The Basque coast gave Blok the background for his exquisite poem The Nightingale Garden (1915) which combines the uncanny charm of the story of Oisin in Tir na n-Og with something resembling the moral message of Tennyson's Palace of Art. In Brittany, he found inspiration for the play The Rose and the Cross (1912).

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