Poem of the End: Selected Narrative and Lyrical Poems
by Marina Tsvetaeva (Author), Nina Kossman (Translator), & 1 more
This bilingual collection contains six of her acclaimed narrative poems, as well as a selection of lyrics, most translated into English for the first time. Tsvetaeva always regarded the narrative poem as her true challenge, and she created powerful and intensely original works in the genre. They can be seen as markers of various stages in her poetic development, ranging from the early, folk-accented "On a Red Steed" to the lyrical-confessional "Poem of the Mountain" and "Poem of the End" to the more metaphysical later poems, "An Attempt at a Room," a beautiful requiem for Rainer Maria Rilke, "New Year's Greetings," and "Poem of the Air," a stirring celebration of Lindbergh's transatlantic flight and the quest for the soul's freedom.
Born Moscow, Russian Federation
GenreMemoir, Poetry, Fiction
The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship, a UNESCO/PEN Short Story Award, grants from Foundation for Hellenic Culture and Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Nina Kossman is the author of "Behind the Border" (HarperCollins,1994, 1996) and the editor of "Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths" (Oxford University Press, 2001). Her poems in Russian were collected in two books, "Pereboi" (Khudozhestvennaya Literatura, Moscow) and "Po Pravuyu Ruku Sna (Philadelphia). She is the translator of two volumes of Marina Tsvetaevas's poetry, "In the Inmost Hour of the Soul" and "Poem of the End". Her translations of Russian poetry have been anthologized in Twentieth Century Russian Poetry
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