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(11/25/2008) Selected Poems by Joseph Brodsky. New York. 1974. Harper & Row. Translated From The Russia & with an introduction by George L. Kline. Foreword by W. H. Auden. keywords: Poetry Translated Russia. 172 pages. 0060104848. January 1974.

FROM THE PUBLISHER -

   Since early June, 1972, when Russian poet Joseph Brodsky was officially 'invited' to leave the Soviet Union, hardly a month has passed without some conspicuous article about him in the American press. At 33, Brodsky is a literary figure of international stature, of particular interest because his work--unlike Yevtushenko's and Voznezhensky's - is intensely inward, metaphysical, almost mystical, and wholly nonpolitical. These are the very factors which have incensed the Soviet authorities against him, and his having been born a Jew has not helped matters. Nor has the evidence in his recent work of his increasing commitment to Christianity. This selection, superbly translated by George L. Kline in close collaboration with the poet, contains more than fifty poems, including the famous Elegy for John Donne, his Verses on the Death of I S. Eliot, and two cantos of his extraordinary long poem Gorbunov and Gorchakov. W. H. Auden, on the basis of these translations, hailed Brodsky as a poet of the first order.

Joseph Brodsky has lectured and read at many American universities. Following a semester's teaching at Queens College, he was Poet in Residence at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

George L. Kline is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Bryn Mawr.

 

 

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