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How I Loved the Poems of Gumilyov!

Poem in Russian ("Kak lyubil ya stikhi Gumilyova!").
Written July 22, 1972.

HOW I loved the poems of Gumilyov!
Reread them I cannot,
But traces have stayed in my mind,
such as, on this think-through:

"... And I will die not in a summerhouse
from gluttony and heat,
but with a heavenly butterfly in my net
on the summit of some wild hill."

[Stikhi 297]

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The Atlantic Monthly; April 2000; Nabokov's Butterflies, How I Loved the Poems of Gumilyov! - 00.04; Volume 285, No. 4; page 75.