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Mandelshtam: Selected Poems


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James Greene's translations of Mandelstam's poetry have been widely praised by, among others, Nadezhda Mandelstam, Donald Davie, Joseph Brodsky, Peter Redgrove and Martin Dodsworth. This book provides a collection of these translations.

Table of Contents

Selected Poems Foreword by Nadezhda Mandelshtam

Foreword by Donald Davie

Translator's Preface

Introduction by Donald Rayfield

From Stone (1913, 1916, 1923 and 1928)

The careful muffled sound

Suddenly, from the dimly lit hall

To read only children's books

On pale-blue enamel

What shall I do with the body I've been given

A sadness beyond words

Words are unnecessary


Ear-drums stretch their sensitive sail

Like the shadow of sudden clouds

I grew, rustling like a reed

Sultry dusk covers the couch

How slowly the horses move

Light sows a meagre beam

The sea-shell

I hate the light

In the haze your image

No, not the moon, but a bright clock-face

The traveller

The casino

The Lutheran

Hagia Sophia

Notre Dame

Poisoned bread, satiated air

Horses' hooves...The clatter

There are orioles in the woods

Nature is Roman, and mirrored in Rome

Sleeplessness. Homer. Taut sails

Herds of horses gaily neigh or graze

Unpublished in the Struve/Filippov editions

Newly reaped ears

Two poems first published by Struve/Filippov, 1964

The hunters have trapped you

The old men of Euripides, an abject throng

From Tristia (1922)

- How the splendour of these veils and of this dress

We shall die in transparent Petropolis

This night is irredeemable

Disbelieving the miracle of resurrection

Out of the bottle the stream of golden honey poured so slowly

Spring's transparent-grey asphodels


Sisters: heaviness and tenderness bear the same insignia

Return to the incestuous lap

When Psyche - life - descends among shades

I have forgotten the word I wanted to say

For the sake of delight

Here is the pyx, like a golden sun

Because I had to let go of your arms

When the city moon looks out on the streets

When, on my lips a singing name, I stepped

I like the grey silences under the arches

From Poems (1928)

I was washing at night in the courtyard

To some, winter is arrack and a blue-eyed punch

Rosy foam of fatigue on his sensual lips

As the leaven swells

I climbed into the tousled hayloft

My time

Whoever finds a horsehoe

1 January 1924

Two Poems Published in NOVY MIR (1931 and 1932)



Poems Published Posthumously


I was only in a childish way connected with the established order

Help me, O Lord, to get through this night

For the resounding glory of eras to come

I drink to the blossoming epaulette



We exist, without sensing our country beneath us

The body of King Arshak is unwashed

Your narrow shoulders are to redden under scourges

Black earth

Yes, I'm lying in the earth, moving my lips

You took away my seas and running jumps and sky

My country conversed with me

For those hundred-carat ingots, Roman nights

A wave advances - one wave breaking another's backbone

I shall perform a smoky rite

I shall not return my borrowed dust

I can't make sense of today

Like a belated present

I would sing of him who shifted the axis of the world

You still haven't died, you're still not alone

I look the frost in the face, alone

Oh, these suffocating, asthmatic spaces of the steppes

Plagued by their miraculous and all-engulfing hunger

Don't compare: anyone alive is matchless

What has contended with oxide and alloys

The mounds of human heads disappear into the distance

Listening, listening to the early ice

A little boy, his red face shining like a lamp

Where can I put myself this January?

Like Rembrandt, martyr of light and dark

Breaks of the rounded bays, shingle, blue

I sing when my throat is damp, my soul dry

Eyes once keener than a sharpened scythe

Armed with the insight of narrow wasps

I am plunged into a lion's den, a fort

If our enemies take me

Life's reticulations loosen, madness looms

This is what I want most of all

This azure island was exalted by its potters

As if words were not enough

I raise this greenness to my lips

With her delightful uneven way of walking

Notes and Acknowledgments

Further Reading

Product Details

Greene, James
Mandelshtam, Nadezhda
Greene, James
Foreword by:
Mandelshtam, Nadezhda
Mandelshtam, Nadezhda
Mandelshtam, Osip
Mandelstam, Nadezhda
Greene, James
Davie, Donald
Penguin Books
London ;
Continental european
Mandel'shtam, Osip
Single Author - Continental European
Translations into english
Mandelshtam, Osip - Translations into English
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin
Series Volume:
no. 4
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.81x5.10x.38 in. .26 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , James Greene's translations of Mandelstam's poetry have been widely praised by, among others, Nadezhda Mandelstam, Donald Davie, Joseph Brodsky, Peter Redgrove and Martin Dodsworth. This book provides a collection of these translations.
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