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Nativity Poems: Bilingual Edition

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Christmas poems by the Nobel Laureate

To Him, all things seemed enormous: His mother's breast, the

steam out

of the ox's nostrils, Caspar, Balthazar, Melchior, the team

of Magi, the presents heaped by the door, ajar.

He was but a dot, and a dot was the star.

--from "Star of the Nativity"

Joseph Brodsky, who jokingly referred to himself as "a Christian by correspondence," endeavored from the time he "first took to writing poems seriously," to write a poem for every Christmas. He said in an interview: "What is remarkable about Christmas? The fact that what we're dealing with here is the calculation of life--or, at the very least, existence--in the consciousness of an individual, a specific individual." He continued, "I liked that concentration of everything in one place--which is what you have in that cave scene." There resulted a remarkable sequence of poems about time, eternity, and love, spanning a lifetime of metaphysical reflection and formal invention.

In Nativity Poems six superb poets in English have come together to translate the ten as yet untranslated poems from this sequence, and the poems are presented in English in their entirety in a beautiful, pocket-sized edition illustrated with Mikhail Lemkhin's photographs of winter-time St. Petersburg.

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Joseph Brodsky, who jokingly referred to himself as "a Christian by correspondence, " endeavored from the time he "first took to writing poems seriously" to write a poem for every Christmas. He said in an interview: "What is remarkable about Christmas? The fact that what we're dealing with here is the calculation of life — or, at the very least, existence — in the consciousness of an individual, a specific individual." He continued, "I liked that concentration of everything in one place — which is what you have in that cave scene." There resulted a remarkable sequence of poems about time, eternity, and love, spanning a lifetime of metaphysical reflection and formal invention.

In Nativity Poems six superb poets in English have come together to translate the ten as yet untranslated poems from this sequence, and the poems are presented in English in their entirety in a beautiful, pocket-sized edition illustrated with Mikhail Lemkhin's photographs of wintertime St. Petersburg.

About the Author

The poet, essayist, and playwright Joseph Brodsky (1940-96) came to the United States in 1972, an involuntary exile from the Soviet Union. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987 and served as Poet Laureate of the United States in 1991 and 1992.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374528577
Author:
Lemkhin, Mikhail
Author:
Green, Melissa; Heaney, Seamus; Hecht, Anthony; Kline, George L.; Maxwell, Glyn;
Photographer:
Lemkhin, Mikhail
Author:
Green, Melissa
Author:
Wilbur, Richard
Author:
Heaney, Seamus
Author:
Muldoon, Paul
Author:
Maxwell, Glyn
Author:
Hecht, Anthony
Author:
Walcott, Derek
Author:
Lemkhin, Mikhail
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
General
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Single Author - Continental European
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Subject:
American - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Bilingual
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 Black-and-White Photographs
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.292 in

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"Synopsis" by , Joseph Brodsky, who jokingly referred to himself as "a Christian by correspondence, " endeavored from the time he "first took to writing poems seriously" to write a poem for every Christmas. He said in an interview: "What is remarkable about Christmas? The fact that what we're dealing with here is the calculation of life — or, at the very least, existence — in the consciousness of an individual, a specific individual." He continued, "I liked that concentration of everything in one place — which is what you have in that cave scene." There resulted a remarkable sequence of poems about time, eternity, and love, spanning a lifetime of metaphysical reflection and formal invention.

In Nativity Poems six superb poets in English have come together to translate the ten as yet untranslated poems from this sequence, and the poems are presented in English in their entirety in a beautiful, pocket-sized edition illustrated with Mikhail Lemkhin's photographs of wintertime St. Petersburg.

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