Education: Cold Shoulder

Two years ago, Soviet Poet Robert Rozhdestvensky, 32, was the idol of rebellious Communist youth. Sharing a platform with Evgeny Evtushenko and other young poets, Rozhdestvensky declaimed against the cult of Stalinism.

How could we

An atheist people

Be servants of a cult?

he cried, and the people cheered.

But Khrushchev said tut-tut to all that, and Rozhdestvensky rather readily switched his blank-verse sermonizing from anti-Stalinism to anti-Americanism. Imagining himself a U.S. Indian in wild West days, he asked:

What if . . . we should once more hear the warpath's call?

How the tomahawk would glint in the dew.

What scalps would steam in our hands.

Even steamier...

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