POEM OF THE END: Selected Lyrical and Narrative Poetry by Marina with Andrew Newcomb Tsvetaeva

POEM OF THE END: Selected Lyrical and Narrative Poetry

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Admired by both Pasternak and Nabokov, this Russian poet, who committed suicide in 1941, has slowly earned her place beside Akhmatova as one of the great female voices of 20th-century verse. Kossman makes no attempt to capture the rhyme and meter of Tsvetaeva's originals--which are on the facing page--and concentrates on her notoriously difficult syntax. Six long narrative poems form the bulk of the volume, which is filled out with her mostly romantic lyrics; from her interest in folklore to more metaphysical concerns in the middle years to confessional narratives near the end of her life, Tsvetaeva demonstrates an intellectual and emotional intensity equal to her friend Rilke's, whom she eulogizes in ""An Attempt at a Room."" Laura Weeks provides a solid critical overview of Tsvetaeva's remarkable career.

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1998
Page count: 190pp
Publisher: Ardis