February: Selected Poetry

February: Selected Poetry

Boris Pasternak Andrey Kneller / Jan 24, 2020

February Selected Poetry One of the greatest poets of the Silver Age Boris Pasternak February May became known in the west after he was awarded the Nobel Laureate in Literature and was forced by the Ru

  • Title: February: Selected Poetry
  • Author: Boris Pasternak Andrey Kneller
  • ISBN: 9781438212722
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the greatest poets of the Silver Age, Boris Pasternak February 10, 1890 May 30, 1960 became known in the west after he was awarded the 1958 Nobel Laureate in Literature and was forced by the Russian authorities to decline the prize This scandal won him a large audience in the west and his novel, Dr Zhivago became an instant success However, contrary to populaOne of the greatest poets of the Silver Age, Boris Pasternak February 10, 1890 May 30, 1960 became known in the west after he was awarded the 1958 Nobel Laureate in Literature and was forced by the Russian authorities to decline the prize This scandal won him a large audience in the west and his novel, Dr Zhivago became an instant success However, contrary to popular belief, Boris Pasternak has never actively rebelled against the Soviet regime His poetry has always reflected his inner self and was not dictated by the atmosphere of the epoch In Russia, where the novel, Dr, Zhivago, had been banned until the late 1980 s, Boris Pasternak was primarily known for his work as a poet Boris Pasternak, whose first true love was music, brings a unique sense of melody to his poetry Barely a whisper, one almost needs to overhear the subtle song in his words It is this quality of his poetry that sets him apart from his contemporaries and makes his work moving and unforgettable.Nearly all of the poems from Dr Zhivago with the exceptions of Wedding, Star of Nativity, and The Miracle, which proved to be too difficult to translate adequately are included in this dual language edition, as well as some other poetry written throughout his life Great emphasis has been placed on retaining the musical quality of the work, without sacrificing the content.

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      • Boris Pasternak Andrey Kneller

        Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was born in Moscow to talented artists his father a painter and illustrator of Tolstoy s works, his mother a well known concert pianist Though his parents were both Jewish, they became Christianized, first as Russian Orthodox and later as Tolstoyan Christians Pasternak s education began in a German Gymnasium in Moscow and was continued at the University of Moscow Under the influence of the composer Scriabin, Pasternak took up the study of musical composition for six years from 1904 to 1910 By 1912 he had renounced music as his calling in life and went to the University of Marburg, Germany, to study philosophy After four months there and a trip to Italy, he returned to Russia and decided to dedicate himself to literature.Pasternak s first books of verse went unnoticed With My Sister Life, 1922, and Themes and Variations, 1923, the latter marked by an extreme, though sober style, Pasternak first gained a place as a leading poet among his Russian contemporaries In 1924 he published Sublime Malady, which portrayed the 1905 revolt as he saw it, and The Childhood of Luvers, a lyrical and psychological depiction of a young girl on the threshold of womanhood A collection of four short stories was published the following year under the title Aerial Ways In 1927 Pasternak again returned to the revolution of 1905 as a subject for two long works Lieutenant Schmidt , a poem expressing threnodic sorrow for the fate of the Lieutenant, the leader of the mutiny at Sevastopol, and The Year 1905 , a powerful but diffuse poem which concentrates on the events related to the revolution of 1905 Pasternak s reticent autobiography, Safe Conduct, appeared in 1931, and was followed the next year by a collection of lyrics, Second Birth, 1932 In 1935 he published translations of some Georgian poets and subsequently translated the major dramas of Shakespeare, several of the works of Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, and Ben Jonson, and poems by Pet fi, Verlaine, Swinburne, Shelley, and others In Early Trains, a collection of poems written since 1936, was published in 1943 and enlarged and reissued in 1945 as Wide Spaces of the Earth In 1957 Doctor Zhivago, Pasternak s only novel except for the earlier novel in verse , Spektorsky 1926 first appeared in an Italian translation and has been acclaimed by some critics as a successful attempt at combining lyrical descriptive and epic dramatic styles Pasternak lived in Peredelkino, near Moscow, until his death in 1960.


    498 Comments

    1. I enjoyed reading the poems included in this compilation of Boris Pasternak's work encompassing many years of his writing career. It is a shame that Pasternak's own country forbid the publication of these works. There are beauty in these words. I would believe it to be challenge to translate poetry and maintain the prose and beauty. I commend Andrey Kneller on achieving just that.


    2. Mixed FeelingsI've read several of Mr. Keller's translations and have no doubt that they are superb. However, I found myself less drawn e this collection than those of Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva.


    3. The poetry did nothing for me - probably just too far removed in time, place, culture, and language to relate well.


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