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Table of contents:
Note on translations; Introduction; 1. The Russian ballad: passion, betrayal, revenge, and the amphibrachic tetrameter line; 2. The blank verse lyric: 'Again I visited' revisited; 3. The Onegin stanza: from poetic digression to poetic nostalgia; 4. Russian Arcadia: the elegiac distich and classical stylization; 5. Heirs of Mayakovsky: the poet and the citizen; Afterword: the meaning of form; Bibliography.
This book explores the Russian verse tradition from Pushkin to Brodsky. Keeping technical terms to a minimum and providing English translations of Russian quotations, Michael Wachtel offers close readings of poems by more than fifty poets, and demonstrates the practical interpretive value of paying attention to poetic form.
An exploration of poetic form in the Russian verse tradition from Pushkin to Brodsky.