Wait for Me

The poem Wait for Me was a poem written during World Ward II, 1941, by Konstantin Simonov. Simonov was poet, playwright, and novelist. He served a a corrspondent for the military paper Red Star. Geldern and Stites describe the poem, ” His love poem was heard on the radio throughout the war, recited by millions as though it were a prayer, repeated by women as tears streamed down their faces, and adopted by men as their own expression of the mystical power of a woman’s love” (Geldern and Stites, 1995).

Wait for Me is a love poem of a soldier asking his loved one to wait for him until he returns and that will ensure he returns. This poem was really touching and show the reality of what a soldier wants more anything, more than victory, to be able to return home. The reason the soldier fights, according to the poem, is to return safely. This is one of the reasons that the Soviets got victory over the Nazis, love is a strong motivator.

Von Geldern, J., & Stites, R. (1995). Mass Culture in Soviet Russia. Bloomington, IN:                            Indiana University Press.

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4 thoughts on “Wait for Me

  1. I really liked reading this poem! It became a common theme among the soldiers who had loved ones at home waiting for them. The only sad thing is that some soldiers lost their loved ones, because they didn’t wait for them, like Veronika in “The Cranes are Flying.”

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  2. I like how this poem shows one of the biggest motivators for soldiers in WW2 not only for the Soviets but all soldiers, to be able to return home their family and loved ones

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  3. I think that this is a common theme not only across WWII, but all wars in general. The Russians had a lot to lose in the war, and they ultimately paid for their survival in tens of millions of lives. I’m sure that songs like this played a key role in keeping hope alive… and as you said it acted as a motivator to fight. Interesting post this week!

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