Russian poems you can learn in 120 seconds

If you know Russian numbers.

Russian is well known for its poets but often, especially if you have taken only a few Russian lessons, it is hard to be able to surprise somebody with a Russian poem. So numbers can help you. A particular combination of them can convey the individual style of almost any poet – if you keep up with rhythm, of course.

When you succeed, you can recite them to other people who don’t speak Russian and I guarantee they will sound like a real poem of a particular poet. Let’s take a few.

A.S.Pushkin   Alexander Pushkin, our romantic poet. His works are melodic, often melancholic, Byron-inspired.

  17 30 48,
  140 10 01,
  126 138,
  140 3 501.

You can find the recording here.

Or we can take Vladimir Mayakovsky. His poems are “rough”, they oftentimes resemble military marches.


   2 46 38 1
   116 14 20!
   15 14 21
   14 0 17.

Recording here.

You can also go for a cheerful poem which does not imitate anybody’s style.

2 15 42
42 15
37 08 5
20 20 20!
7 14 100 0
2 00 13
37 08 5
20 20 20!

You can find the recording here.

The trick is that if you don’t know numbers well, it won’t sound right – so keep trying!

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