I immediately smeared the map of everyday life

I immediately smeared the map of everyday life

The poetry of Vladimir Mayakovsky is very sharp and straightforward. However, in the literary heritage of this author, sometimes there are works that have an amazing imagery, metaphorical and not devoid of original romanticism. Among them, in particular, is the poem “And could you?”, Written in 1913 and conveying a special, carefree and upbeat mood of the author.

In several capacious phrases Vladimir Mayakovsky depicts a gray and everyday picture of a typical meal with a classic set of dishes. However, as if by magic she is transformed, since the poet is able to see in the banal jelly “oblique cheekbones of the ocean”. His desire to embellish the world is so great that all sorts of objects are on the way, which are at hand.

So, succumbing to the romantic

mood, the poet from the very first line declares that he “immediately smeared the card of everyday life,” hinting that he is irritated by the commonplace in everything, even if it is an ordinary dinner. Further, the poet allows himself a clearly hooligan trick, “splashing paint from a glass.” Spilled drink allows Vladimir Mayakovsky if not to transform the world around him, then at least make some changes in it, revive the dull table landscape and try to find in it a grain of joy, a holiday, a kind of magic charm.

His romantic impulse is so quick and exciting. that even in the usual fish scales the poet sees “the calls of new lips.” Every thing and every dish literally transforms under the author’s view, acquiring a new meaning and revealing their secrets. And in this rapid comprehension of a new, still unknown world, which is hidden under a mask of grayness and indifference, Vladimir Mayakovsky sees an amazing harmony that fills his heart with joy and a childlike ecstasy. Therefore it is not surprising that in a fit of inspiration he turns to an unknown interlocutor, or rather, to all readers with the question of whether they could play a nocturne on a “flute of downpipes”?

The question itself sounds very poetic, sublime and romantic. However, the author is convinced

that the people around him will understand what is at stake. After all, it’s enough just to take a closer look at the objects around us, in order to see in them a mysterious charm. The main thing is to want in the soul to transform this gray and unremarkable world, consisting of banalities and conventions. And this is what the poet proposes to do in the hope that in this way he will be able to find like-minded people who, he assumes, will appreciate the amazing gift that he throws at their feet. It consists in the ability to transform the world according to one’s desires and sensations, to see not only the outer shell of things, but also their essence, to unravel their secrets and to read them as if they were a fascinating book.

However, despite the fact that the poem “But could you?” written in a very sublime major key, bright and imaginative phrases show loneliness, from which the poet suffers. He can not find understanding among the people who surround him, so he thinks up fun for himself in the search for non-existent images. Wrapped in poetic lines, they become accessible to each of us and seem to be brought closer to the poet, causing some surprise. After all, it is unlikely that anyone in everyday vanity will come up with the idea of ​​looking for something ordinary and prosaic that is sublime and romantic. However, Vladimir Mayakovsky makes us reconsider his attitude towards trifles, which allows people to become happier, kind and optimistic.


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I immediately smeared the map of everyday life