The article presents self-criticism in the works of one of the main representatives of the "the spotty". The author proves that not only older writers strive to settle the past but also young socialist realist poets try to apologise for their weaknesses. The aim of the article is to show the mechanism of self-criticism in the poetry by Roman Bratny - focusing on what made him create pieces of writing of this type and on which "mistakes" he admitted having made. To reach this aim, the author analyses poems by Bratny which were published in the times of social realism. She shows how the poet tries to adapt to the enslaved society, in which self-criticism is a consistent element of literary life.