Add comment March 12th, 2010 Headsman
On this date in 1939, Azerbaijani poet Mikayil Mushfig was shot during Stalin’s purges.
The 30-year-old former schoolteacher was a socialist enthusiast as a youth in the 1920s; his work celebrated officially sanctioned subjects like virtuous peasants and workers, and modernization of the alphabet.
[O]ne poet, Suleyman Rustam, wrote, “Stop tar, stop tar, You’re not loved by proletar!” Another poet, Mikayil Mushfig, countered, “Sing tar, sing tar! Who can forget you!”
The tar wasn’t banned, but Mushfig’s enthusiasm for the Soviet project was deemed (however genuine) insufficient, “petit-bourgeois”.
The nightingale is sorrowing near the rose,
Though autumn comes-it lingers to depart,
Life, life! This cry of longing ever grows:
With love, with burning passion how to part?
With feelings new, you string your singing lute
My youthful pen, now just about to start!
O friends, give answer to my pain acute:
With this great seething fire flame, how to part?
Here‘s a pdf of some Mushfig poetry in Azerbaijani.
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- 1943: David Cobb, the first U.S. serviceman hanged in World War II Britain - 2015
- 1690: Jack Bird, pugilist - 2014
- 1421: The last Viennese Jews - 2013
- 1975: Olga Hepnarova, tram spotter - 2012
- 2006: The family of Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi - 2011
- 1960: Hoang Le Kha, NVA cadre - 2009
- 1289: Demetre II the Self-Sacrificer - 2008
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