A Commentary to Pushkin’s Lyric Poetry, 1826–1836

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University of Wisconsin Pres, Jan 25, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 404 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

1826
3
1827
41
1828
70
1829
122
1830
169
1831
226
1832
237
1833
249
1834
276
1835
309
1836
339
18301836 year of composition uncertain
373
Works Consulted
375
Index of Poems by Title and First Line
385
Index of Names
397
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About the author (2012)

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 Poetry.

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