Gastev, a factory worker and revolutionist becomes speaker of the growing strength of the revolutionists’ movement through literary symbolism. The tone is set in a metal factory exposing the recent modernization within Russia with the development of the factory worker and the acquisition of new found comradeship groups and knowledge concepts. The changes that industrialization brings to these city workers are graphically emphasized by the worker turning into half iron with fresh iron blood pouring into their veins morphing into half human this worker slowly transitioning from normal man into a mythical iron giant is a depiction of the pervasion and growing strength of revolutionary thoughts. Concluding with the words, “Victory shall be ours!”1)
This poem is a magnificent representation of the revolution movement that initially established within the cities among factory workers and the working class men. These men grew in strength by physical numbers joining the movement. Times spent reading helped to force and accelerate the explosion of workers who woke up and realized that they could evoke change by their actions. Today this poem compared to a presidential candidate’s campaign ad, which encourages support by utopian promises is one to bolster action from the people. While history proves that the initial desire evoked within Gastevs words did not prove true, it still shows the power that speech can have on the masses.
- Aleksel Gastev, We Grow Out or Iron, (1914 [↩]