Aim is to analyze a little-known poem by V. Sumbatov that expresses an understanding of the significance of the artistic world of I. Bunin's poetry, his creative platform akin to the author of "Trizna". Methodology. Poetics is interpreted, the attention of both poets to color images and symbols, the awareness of both the subordinate position of poetics to the text's spiritual content and purpose. Biographical, hermeneutic, comparative methods are used. Results. Analysis of poetic texts and statements about the essence of literary creativity leads to the conclusion that both poets belong to the traditions of Pushkin's direction in poetry, resistance to the trend of modernist play with the word. Research implications. The article clarifies some facets of the twentieth century's literary process and specifically the poetry of Ivan Bunin and Vasily Sumbatov.