Rein is an elegiac poet. His main theme is the end of things, the end, to put it more broadly, of a world order that is dear - or at least acceptable- to him. The incarnation of this order in his poetry is the city in which he grew up, and the city of Leningrad.
Evgeny Rein is Russia's greatest living poet. His work was suppressed during the soveit years, and he didn't publish his first book of poems until he was 49.