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The Collected Poems, 1952-1990 Hardcover – January, 1991

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Even poetry aficionados who think they know Yevtushenko's work well will be startled and delighted by this massive volume edited by Todd, professor of Russian literature at Queens College in New York City, and Regan, professor of creative writing at the University of Southern California. The public poet of "Babi Yar" and "Heirs of Stalin" can be ruthlessly introspective. In lyric after impassioned lyric, the Siberian-born bard flails himself for his own personal failures, which he links to the spiritual failure of Russia. Lean and clean, steely and direct, his best poems speak urgent truths with disarming simplicity. Alongside the platform orator whose verses can seem hasty or superficial we get the beguilingly tender love poet, the maxim-laden folk poet, the seismograph who registers life's slightest shocks with conversational spontaneity. Translators for this compendium--really a "selected poems" gathered from Yevtushenko's 43 volumes of verse--include Richard Wilbur, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Stanley Kunitz, John Updike. The most recent selections capture the confusion of glasnost ("Half measures can kill").
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The Russian poet's lyric intensity and political outspokenness have earned him an enormous following in the Soviet Union and abroad. Based on Yevtushenko's own selections from the complete six-volume Russian edition, this collection is fluently translated by many distinguished poets, among them Richard Wilbur, Stan ley Kunitz, and D.M. Thomas. Helpful textual annotations explain the many geographical and historical references, making the poems more accessible to the general reader. In an era of glasnost, this will be a welcome addition to all library collections.
- Christine Stenstrom, New York Law Sch. Lib.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 659 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Co; 1st edition (January 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805006966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805006964
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,659,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By sid1gen on March 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
This 650-plus page volume does not cover the entire poetic work of Yevgeny Yevtushenko until 1990, but it comes close. Not all his collected poems are here, either: selections from from "Bratsk Station" and excerpts from long poems such as "Under the Skin of the Statue of Liberty" and "Ivan the Terrible and Ivan the Fool" reduce a bit the scope that we are presented with, although not the quality. His most memorable poems are here and the translation is excellent. What I like the most about Yevtushenko is that he is capable of writing good, even great poetry, from an absolutely opposite perspective to mine. He was, for most of his life, a convinced socialist, a man who really believed in the "human face" of socialism and even in that catchy word "internationalism" that the old autocrats in the Kremlin liked so much. Life seems to have made it very plain to him that the dream had always been a nightmare. But his poems are still here and one of the reasons why Yevtushenko hasn't been swept away like many of the so-called poets who sang for the Soviet regime, is that he never did that. He believed in socialism, but he could write "Russian Tanks in Prague" and tell the truth about the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. A very long poem, included in this collection, is "A Dove in Santiago: A Novella in Verse," where he attempts to understand and explain, from a socialist point of view, the events in Chile, 1973. He fails, but he is not the first one to get it wrong (most non-Chileans have gotten it wrong) and he, at least, does it with a lot of talent. I don't agree with Yevtushenko's socialism, but I can't help liking his poetry.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Osypowski on October 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
My cousin loaned me his signed copy of this book several years ago and I fell in love with Yevtushenko's poetry. I had to get my own copy and, even though it isn't signed, I will treasure it.
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