A “1” is zero

Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893 - 1930)

“Who needs a “1”?

The voice of a “1”

is thinner than a squeak.

Who will hear it?

Only the wife…

A “1” is nonsense.

A “1” is zero.”

From the poem “Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, by Vladimir Mayakovsky (1924)

Mayakovsky employs a paradoxical equation to glorify selfless collectivism as expressed in the New Soviet Man archetype.



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