Selected Poems (Tsvetaeva, Marina)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although generally less well known here than Pasternak, Akhmatova and Mandelstam, Tsvetaeva is counted by some critics as the greatest of these four major poets of postrevolutionary Russia. However, as veteran translator McDuff indicates in his introduction, the sounds of Russian poetrywhich to this day remains formally traditional in its use of rhyme and metercan never be captured in English. Further, Tsvetaeva presents a particularly difficult problem to the translator because her transcendent reputation rests precisely on the aural values of her verse. That said, McDuff must be congratulated for his brave attempt to reproduce those formal qualities. If we cannot have Tsvetaeva herself, these stand on their own as creditable English-language poems. The selection represents the entire scope of her remarkable career from her simple and charming early lyrics, first published in 1910 when she was 18, through those recounting her privations and hardships during the years of upheaval in Russia, to the poignant poems written in exile after 1922. It includes all her major long poems, such as the stunning Poem of the End. Although it is unclear whether Tsvetaeva was officially ostracized on her own account or because of the political actions of her husband Sergey Efron, her poems are heart-rending in view of her tragic life and eventual suicide. Love, the loss of youth, poetry and the Motherland are the core subjects of her poems, which are infused with high passion and a heroic tenacity of spirit. For non-Russian speakers, this volume is a new window on poetry in the Stalinist era. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140187595
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 425,888
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Selected Poems List of Collaborators Introduction


I know the truth What is this gypsy passion for separation We shall not escape Hell Some ancestor of mine I'm glad your sickness We are keeping an eye on the girls No one has taken anything away You throw back your head Where does this tenderness come from?
Bent with worry Today or tomorrow the snow will melt VERSES ABOUT MOSCOW From INSOMNIA POEMS FOR AKHMATOVA POEMS FOR BLOK A kiss on the head From SWANS' ENCAMPMENT Yesterday he still looked in my eyes To Mayakovsky Praise to the Rich God help us Smoke!
Ophelia: in Defence of the Queen Wherever you are I can reach you From WIRES Sahara The Poet Appointment Rails You loved me It's not like waiting for post My ear attends to you As people listen intently Strong doesn't mate with strong In a world POEM OF THE MOUNTAIN POEM OF THE END An Attempt at Jealousy To Boris Pasternak

From Chapter 1
From Chapter 2: Dreams
From The Children's Paradise

From POEMS TO A SON Homesickness I opened my veins Epitaph Readers of Newspapers Desk Bus When I look at the flight of the leaves From POEMS TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA

Notes on Working Method: Angela Livingstone Notes

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