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  • Series: Cape Editions
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (January 28, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224618962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224618960
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,764,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Russian (translation)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.K. on October 1, 2012
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I think this is one of the best essays on the craft of the poet ever written. Yes, certain parts of it are laden with communist ideology. But if you look past that, you will find excellent guidelines for writing (or reading and analyzing) poetry, devised by a major poet. The second part, where Mayakovsky discusses his own work, is particularly enlightening. Obviously, translating poetry is a formidable task, and Mayakovsky is a particularly difficult poet to translate (you will see why once you read this book). Still, even in English, this essay is fun and useful.
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