A Commentary To Pushkin?s Lyric Poetry, 1826?1836 by Michael Wachtel

A Commentary To Pushkin?s Lyric Poetry, 1826?1836

byMichael Wachtel

Paperback | January 25, 2012

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Alexander Pushkin’s lyric poetry—much of it known to Russians by heart—is the cornerstone of the Russian literary tradition, yet until now there has been no detailed commentary of it in any language.
    Michael Wachtel’s book, designed for those who can read Russian comfortably but not natively, provides the historical, biographical, and cultural context needed to appreciate the work of Russia’s greatest poet. Each entry begins with a concise summary highlighting the key information about the poem’s origin, subtexts, and poetic form (meter, stanzaic structure, and rhyme scheme). In line-by-line fashion, Wachtel then elucidates aspects most likely to challenge non-native readers: archaic language, colloquialisms, and unusual diction or syntax. Where relevant, he addresses political, religious, and folkloric issues.
    Pushkin’s verse has attracted generations of brilliant interpreters. The purpose of this commentary is not to offer a new interpretation, but to give sufficient linguistic and cultural contextualization to make informed interpretation possible.

About The Author

Michael Wachtel is professor of Slavic languages and literature at Princeton University. He is author of Russian Symbolism and Literary Tradition: Goethe, Novalis, and the Poetics of Vyacheslav Ivanov (University of Wisconsin Press); The Development of Russian Verse: Meter and Its Meaning; and The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Poet...
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Title:A Commentary To Pushkin?s Lyric Poetry, 1826?1836Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:January 25, 2012Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299285448

ISBN - 13:9780299285449

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Table of Contents

Preface            

Acknowledgments    

Reader's Guide        

1826

1827

1828

1829

1830

1831

1832

1833

1834

1835

1836

Works Consulted                            

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“A superb work that will make the life of everyone reading and studying Pushkin far easier. This commentary is a considerable scholarly achievement and public service.”—Irina Reyfman, Columbia University