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December 13, 2010

Tarkovsky and Bjork versions of a Romantic poem

Filed under: Russian — Tags: , , , , — razvan @ 7:07 pm

“Dull Flame of Desire” is a famous Russian poem by Fyodor Tyutchev. Some of us know it from Tarkovski’s “Stalker” finale. Tyutchev is “the third” great Russian poet. Dostoyevski seems to have considered him the best poet in Russia. This year was published the first bio of the poet in English. Two years ago the above mentioned poem, got another spectacular use.

This is how it looked in Russian in Tarkovsky’s movie

in English, Bjork used this version

Dull Flame Of Desire
I love your eyes, my dear
Their splendid sparkling fire
When suddenly you raise them so
To cast a swift embracing glance
Like lightning flashing in the sky
But there's a charm that is greater still
When my love's eyes are lowered
When all is fired by passion's kiss
And through the downcast lashes
I see the dull flame of desire


as you can see beneath:



  1. Which are the best 2 Russian poets? Thanks.

    Comment by alana — December 13, 2010 @ 10:37 pm

  2. Well, I was not thinking of a top.
    But as “great Poet” is a Romantic phrase all histories mention Pushkin and Lermontov. As with the three tenors, everybody remembers the first two… but the third “what’s his name”, or if you like like in the phrase the “Gospel was written in three: by Luke and Matthew”.

    Comment by romanianbodies — December 14, 2010 @ 11:23 am

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