The Development of Russian Verse
Meter and its Meanings
By (author) Michael Wachtel
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Development of Russian Verse by Michael Wachtel
Book DescriptionThe 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 positively in terms of stylization and development, or negatively in terms of parody or revision, to the work of their predecessors, but they cannot ignore it. Keeping technical terms to a minimum and providing English translations of quotations, Wachtel offers close readings of individual poems of more than fifty poets. He aims to help English-speaking readers reconstruct the strong sense of continuity that Russian poets have always felt, transcending any individual age or ideology. Ultimately, his 1999 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521620789
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Development of Russian Verse, Paperback (November 2006)
An exploration of poetic form in the Russian verse tradition from Pushkin to Brodsky, first published in 1999.
Cambridge Introduction to Russian Poetry, Paperback (August 2004)» View all books by Michael Wachtel
This introduction presents the major themes, forms and styles of Russian poetry.
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