Osip Mandelstam, Sidney Monas
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The essays in this volume, presented in an exceptionally scrupulous and true translation, were selected because they represent Mandelstam's major poetic themes and his thought on literature, language and culture, and the work and place of the poet.
Mikhailovich Soloviev (1820–1879). The founder of modern historical studies in Russia, the Russian Ranke. He was also the father of the philosopher and mystic Vladimir Soloviev. Vasily Osipovich Kliuchevsky (1841–1911). Historian noted for the elegance of his style in lecturing and writing as well as for his scholarship; his interest focused on the nonstate aspects of historical development, especially the social and the sociocultural. He emphasized the importance of geographical factors in
too fanciful to assume that something like a darkly modern Divine Comedy is beginning to stir. 23. Central figure of Gogol’s short story “The Overcoat.” 24. “Hey, Ivan”—from a poem by Nikolai Nekrasov of that title. Many of Nekrasov’s poems deal with and are dedicated to outcasts and the suffering poor. Moiseich means “son of Moses.” Nekrasov’s figure is also called Ivan Moiseich. 25. A bublika in the original, which is almost a cross between a doughnut and a pretzel. 26. The well-known
of the graves Stealing away the property of the graves, their profit, And wrapped in every flame there lay hidden a sinner.22 (Inferno, XXVI, 25–42) If you do not feel dizzy from this miraculous ascent, worthy of the organ of Sebastian Bach, then try to show what is here the second and what the first member of the comparison. What is compared with what? Where is the primary and where is the secondary, clarifying element? In a number of Dante’s cantos we encounter impressionistic prolegomena.
construction of an almost “Scientific Poetry.” Is the influence of Montesquieu and of English common law on Chénier not confirmed, in connection with his stay in England? Isn’t there anything he wrote, like the Pushkinian line, “Here a flaming onslaught, there a stern rebuff . . .”? Or is his abstract mind alien to Pushkinian practicality? Although the Old French literary tradition had been completely forgotten, some of its devices went on being automatically reproduced, because they had
acknowledged the sovereignty of the law of identity, poetry acquires in lifelong feudal possession all that exists, without condition or limitation. Logic is the kingdom of the unexpected. To think logically means to be perpetually astonished. We have fallen in love with the music of proof. For us logical connection is not some little ditty about a finch, but a symphony with organ and choir, so intricate and inspired that the conductor must exert all his powers to keep the performers under his