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Yevtushenko: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

Yevgeny Yevtushenko , Peter Levi , Robin Milner-Gulland
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26 Jun 2008 Penguin Classics
This volume contains a selection of early works by Yevgeny Alexandrovich Yevtushenko who blazed a trail for a generation of Soviet poets with a confident poetic voice that moves effortlessly between social and personal themes. ‘Zima Junction’ vividly describes his idyllic childhood in Siberia and his impressions of home after a long absence in Moscow. Private moments are captured in ‘Waking’, on the joys of discovering the unexpected in a lover, and ‘Birthday’, on a mother’s concern for her son, while ‘Encounter’ depicts an unexpected meeting with Hemingway in Copenhagen. ‘The Companion’ and ‘Party Card’ show war from a child’s eye, whether playing while oblivious to German bombs falling nearby or discovering a fatally wounded soldier in the forest, while Yevtushenko’s famous poem, ‘Babiy Yar’, is an angry exposé of the Nazi massacre of the Jews of Kiev.

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  • Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (26 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140424776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140424775
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 12.9 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 788,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?A literary colossus.?
?"The Economist"

?The Soviet superbard.?
?"Time"

?These poems beat and tumble and thrash with life.?
?"The Daily Telegraph" (London)

About the Author

Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933-) is a Russian poet, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter and actor.

Translated with an introduction by Robin Milner-Gulland and Peter Levi, S.J.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Selected Poetry of Alexander Pope 17 Jun 2010
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An thoroughly enjoyable read if you enjoy poetry. I had never read any of Pope's work before and found myself wanting to study more about him after this read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Having only read these three poems I still must whole heartedly recommend others to them. He not only writes engaging and politically charged poems like Windsor Forest, but also has an amazing gift as a poet. Eloise to Abelard, is a touching homage to a 14th century legend of two lovers and beautiful to read.

This contains also the Dunciad and so contains his main poetical works as well as some lesser known ones. I would recommend this over the Oxford World Classics - complete works of Pope.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Selected Poetry (ed. Pat Rogers) 9 Sep 2001
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This is a good selection of Pope's poems -- perhaps containing his best work. (Although a complete edition, such as John Butt's one-volume compression of the massive -- and Dunciadical -- Twickenham edition, will contain more pleasures, including Pope's occasional poetry, some of which is very good.)
The introduction is unusually good, a rumbustuous defence of Pope against the long-standing (and surely fading) conception of poetry as simple, sensuous and whatever: the Palgravian imprisonment of poetry into the idealistic lyric.
Pope's poems are, of course, fantastic. (Although I'm not sure that I feel as much for them as I do for a few other poets' work: lack of experience? or does Pope, for all his gifts, really lack some of the -- what? -- inwardness? tenderness? yielding attitude to life that poetry embodied for the Romantics?) I haven't learnt to love 'Windsor Forest' (Pope seems here -- and elsewhere -- to have learnt from Ben Jonson, whose 'To Penshurt' is perhaps the originator of this genre), and confess that 'The Rape of the Lock' is too refined for my taste. The humour in 'The Dunciad' seems to stretch much further -- such as the diving into the river in Book Two (surely taken from Jonson's concluding poem in his 'Epigrams') where one dunce relates how the mud-nymphs ("Nigrina black, and Merdamente brown") fell in love with him.
Pope's verse-letters and satires are fantastic too: crisp, like nothing else in English. (The epigramaic sharpness, and concern for making satire a work of art, again more akin to Jonson than Dryden.) Passages like this description of a Lord's library:
His study! with what authors is it stored?
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3.0 out of 5 stars hard going 15 Nov 2011
By fabrice
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I think most people would find Pope a difficult read without a guide to explain the allusions and point out the symbolism. I read and hated him for examinations and later came to delight in his sense of humour and the charming pictures of everyday life in London and in the yawningly dull county where ladies play cards and go to bed before seven. Have a go because he is a charmer but it won't be easy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 7 Sep 2013
By J.A.L.
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I first read the Selected Poems of Yevgeny Yevtushenko (published 1969) in the early 70s and have remembered it since then. It has been such a pleasure to re read alongside Yevtushenko's A Precocious Autobiography (published 1963) which adds resonance and gives a background to the man and his poetry. I would say these books are a must for anyone who is interested in Russian literature and history.
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