Add to Wishlist Add to Wishlist. The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Poetry presents the major themes, forms, genres and styles of Russian poetry.
Using examples from Russia's greatest poets, Michael Wachtel draws on three centuries of verse, from the beginnings of secular literature in the eighteenth century up to the present day. The first half of the book is devoted to concepts such as versification, poetic language and tradition; the second half is organised along genre lines and examines the ode, the elegy, ballads, love poetry, nature poetry and patriotic verse. But the beginner is nevertheless not entirely a blank slate.
Most readers, hopefully, will have read a story or seen a play by Chekhov and know something by Tolstoy perhaps Anna Karenina or Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment , The Brothers Karamazov.
Further contexts are provided in brief timelines prefacing each chapter or along the way. And yet they kept their erudition in check, remembering that the purpose here is to introduce and seduce, not to resolve some scholarly debate. Petersburg photobyMichael Julius page 98 xii Acknowledgments This is a book for the advanced beginner.
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