The Development of Russian Verse: Meter and its Meanings

The Development of Russian Verse: Meter and its Meanings

by Michael Wachtel, Wachtel Michael
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521028140

ISBN-13: 9780521028141

Pub. Date: 03/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Development of Russian Verse explores the Russian verse tradition from Pushkin to Brodsky, showing how certain formal features are associated with certain genres and, at times, specific themes. Michael Wachtel's basic thesis is that form is never neutral: poets can react to the work of their predecessors positively by means of stylization and development or…  See more details below

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The Development of Russian Verse explores the Russian verse tradition from Pushkin to Brodsky, showing how certain formal features are associated with certain genres and, at times, specific themes. Michael Wachtel's basic thesis is that form is never neutral: poets can react to the work of their predecessors positively by means of stylization and development or negatively by means of parody or revision, but they cannot ignore it. Keeping technical terms to a minimum and providing English translations for all Russian quotations, Wachtel offers close readings of individual poems of more than fifty poets. His aim is to help English-speaking readers reconstruct the strong sense of continuity Russian poets have always felt, that transcends any individual epoch or ideology. Ultimately, his book is an inquiry into the nature of literary tradition itself, and how it coalesces in a country that has always taken so much of its identity from its written legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521028141
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on translations and transliterations
Introduction1
1The Russian ballad: passion, betrayal, revenge, and the amphibrachic tetrameter line20
2The blank verse lyric: "... Again I visited" revisited59
Pushkin's evolution59
Pushkin's legacy78
3The Onegin stanza: from poetic digression to poetic nostalgia119
Origins120
Lermontov134
Symbolist and Futurist Onegin stanzas144
The Onegin stanza in Soviet and emigre poetry158
The Onegin stanza in English164
Conclusions168
4Russian Arcadia: the elegiac distich and classical stylization171
5Heirs of Mayakovsky: the poet and the citizen206
Afterword: the meaning of form239
Notes260
Bibliography306
Index318

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