Dmitry Merezhkovsky - the largest representativeThe older generation of Russian Symbolists. His ability to feel the atmosphere of time and anticipate future events created him a reputation as a prophet. A confirmation of this can serve as a poem "Children of the Night", in which he, in fact, predicted the arrival of the revolution.
A premonition of the coming changes
"Children of the Night" were written in 1895. At that time, no one, including Merezhkovsky himself, could even imagine what terrible and bloody events would take place in Russia in October 1917. However, the poet managed to feel the mood of people, to understand that they have lost a bright beginning in their souls and, as a result, have become completely defenseless against the all-pervasive forces of evil. That's why he calls his generation "the children of the night" who wander in the dark, anxiously awaiting the appearance of an unknown prophet.
However, then Merezhkovsky did not yet realize thatInstead of a prophet, a bloody and ruthless revolution will come to Russia, which will take the lives of thousands and thousands of people, forcing them cruelly and senselessly to exterminate each other. The poet saw that mankind, although it stood still in the anxious expectation of dawn, in fact, had long been mired in the terrible abyss of sin. It remains only to wait for the inevitable time for purification. He does not yet realize how it will happen, but foresees that sunlight for those accustomed to night darkness is likely to result in imminent and terrible death. "We will see the light - and, like shadows, we will die in its rays," the poet asserts.
Revolution and the fate of the poet
However, Merezhkovsky does not spare himself. He understands that he is inseparable from his generation and considers himself one of the children of the night, knowing full well that he will not be able to avoid the common fate with them. The poet is absolutely sure that fate has already prepared for everyone his own Golgotha, after climbing to which a person will finally perish or, on the contrary, be able to cleanse before entering into a new life.
For Merezhkovsky himself, such a Golgotha will becomeemigration. The revolution of 1917, he perceived as the coming to power of the "coming ham" and the accession of "overmane evil". In 1919, 24 years after the creation of the poem, he, along with his wife Zinaida Gippius, will be forced to leave for ever his native Petersburg, which turned into the "kingdom of the Beast". The last years of his life the poet will spend in Paris, yearning for his homeland, but considering the separation from her deserved punishment for doing too little to stop the forces of darkness and evil. Merezhkovsky felt that by the power of his prophetic gift he could save the country from the coming revolution, especially as he foresaw what a terrible fate awaits her in the near future.