Selected Poems

Selected Poems - Oxford Poets

5th Revised and enl Edition

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Publisher's Synopsis

When, more than a quarter of a century ago, Elaine Feinstein first published her translations of the poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941), they broke new ground. She had developed mimetic forms to suggest the pace and movement of Tsvetaeva's complex structures, and the great Russian poet's passion and immediacy burst into a new kind of English verse.
Tsvetaeva is among the great European poets of the Twentieth Century. With Anna Akhmatova, Boris Pasternak and Osip Mandelstam, she was, as Akhmatova wrote at the end of her life, one of 'the four of us': poets who kept their humanity and integrity through Russia's 'terrible years'. Even in her long and tragic exile, she never lost her roots in Russia or in the great tradition of Russian poetry. Her vibrant voice is fully alive in her time in part because it remains alive to her past, and to the cultures - especially French - in which she spent her exile.
Through Elaine Feinstein's versions, which, Charles Tomlinson said, 'reproduce that jagged, breathless self-wearing tone' of the poems, another generation of English-speaking writers and readers will discover her voice. Poets, particularly women, take courage from her obstinate determination to honour and obey the demands of what Pasternak called her 'golden, incomparable genius' against the dark current of her life. Elaine Feinstein adds to this selection new translations and an updated introduction.

Book information

ISBN: 9781903039373
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Pub date:
Edition: 5th Revised and enl Edition
DEWEY: 891.7142
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 132
Weight: 203g
Height: 218mm
Width: 134mm
Spine width: 9mm