Modern Russian Poetry; An Anthology

Paperback | January 3, 2012

byBabette Deutsch

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1921. Excerpt: ... (Mme. Dmitry Merezhkovsky; born 1869) Poetry is not woman's work in Russia. Zinaida Hippius, the wife of Dmitry Merezhkovsky, is one of the few who carry it on. She has written a great deal of bad fiction, some partisan criticism, rather indifferent dramas, and her poetry is not unexceptionable. Soon after her literary marriage she joined the Petersburg symbolists, and with her husband was one of the founders of the Religious Philosophical Society. A weakness for religious discussion and a theosophic bias have done much damage to both her prose and her verse. Her later poetry, however, is interesting as the expression of her difficult and distinctive personality. She has the quality of burning ice, hiding under contemptuous ennui her passion for the impossible. In any event, she is a virtuoso of verse, whose mastery of tone-color and metric pattern is wholly admirable. She is at present engaged, together with her husband, in writing hymns of hate against the Bolsheviki, from the bitter security of the Diaspora. I SEEK FOR RHYTHMIC WHISPERINGS" I seek for rhythmic whisperings Where noises bandy-- For life I listen wistfully In footless banter. I cast wide nets and tentative In lakes of sorrow. I go toward final tenderness By pathways sordid. I look for dewdrops glistering In falsehood's gardens. I save truth's globules glistening, From dust-heaps garnered. I fain would fathom fortitude Through years of wormwood-- And pierce the mortal fortalice, Yet live, a worldling. My cup, through ways impassable, To bear, untainted; By tenebrous bleak passages To joy attaining. PSYCHE A shameless thing, of every vileness capable, It is as drab as dust, as earthly dust. I perish of a nearness inescapable; Its fatal coils about my limbs are thrust. A shaggy poulp, embracing me, and pricking me, And...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1921. Excerpt: ... (Mme. Dmitry Merezhkovsky; born 1869) Poetry is not woman's work in Russia. Zinaida Hippius, the wife of Dmitry Merezhkovsky, is one of the few who carry ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217787215

ISBN - 13:9780217787215

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