Winter Night

It snowed and snowed ,the whole world over,
Snow swept the world from end to end.
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.

As during summer midges swarm
To beat their wings against a flame
Out in the yard the snowflakes swarmed
To beat against the window pane

The blizzard sculptured on the glass
Designs of arrows and of whorls.
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.

Distorted shadows fell
Upon the lighted ceiling:
Shadows of crossed arms,of crossed legs-
Of crossed destiny.

Two tiny shoes fell to the floor
And thudded.
A candle on a nightstand shed wax tears
Upon a dress.

All things vanished within
The snowy murk-white,hoary.
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.

A corner draft fluttered the flame
And the white fever of temptation
Upswept its angel wings that cast
A cruciform shadow

It snowed hard throughout the month
Of February, and almost constantly
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.

by Boris Pasternak

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It snowed and snowed, the whole world over, Snow swept the world from end to end. A candle burned on the table; A candle burned.
The poem vividly describes the formation of shadows around a lone candle in a snowy winter..It seems to describe the emotions crossing the mind in lonely night of winter Difficult to fathom its inner meaning.But the poem is absolutely beautiful with lines that say- - - - Two tiny shoes fell to the floor And thudded A candle on a night stand shed wax tears upon a dress
The poem brings alive the scenes of excessive snowfall in one of the coldest countries of the world. The fury as well as the beauty of the experience is unique.
I am very familiar with the snow and winter of Russia through many readings. By this poem, Pasternak has once again brought those scenes very much alive to the surface of my mind. 'A candle burned on the table; A candle burned.'. That candle is the sole witness. The effect of these lines is simply amazing. I am simply being carried away to a remote Russian village on a wintry night! May god bless the poet.
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