By the time Scriabin composed the Poèmes (1905), he had already shaken off all significant keyboard influences, and his style had fully matured. Still, his artistic persona was still evolving; his tonal idiom would become less stable, his harmonies more daring, his sound world more ethereal.
The first of these two short Poèmes, marked Andante cantabile, has an airy innocence in its glistening mists and hazy images. It is impressionistic without invoking the musical language of Debussy, and is marked by bursts of passion. The second Poème, marked Allegro con eleganza con fiducia, is darker, a quality at once evident in its grim, nervous opening. It is typical of the composer in its fiery quality, mixing grace and thunder, hesitation and determination. Muscle and sweat yield suddenly to a quiet ending, leaving much unresolved.