November 1917


“[...] I want the pen to be on a par with the bayonet [...]”

These verses are drawn from poem Back Home! 1925 of Vladímir Vladímirovič Majakóvskij (1893-1930), poet and playwright of the October Revolution. Mayakovsky intends, with these verses, comparing the strength of the armed revolutionary with that of the intellectual: the bayonets of the soldiers must become pens, weapons useful to spread the communist and revolutionary ideology.

Its is a revolution also on the linguistic level: its language is essential and makes use of popular expressions, and in its conception the poet himself must be both artistic and political at the same time, to convey his creativity to the support of the Bolshevik revolution, in complete break with the past.