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Though we know Vladimir Nabokov as a brilliant novelist, his first love was poetry. This landmark collection brings together the best of his verse, including many pieces that have never before appeared in English.

   These poems span the whole of Nabokov’s career, from the newly discovered “Music,” written in 1914, to the short, playful “To Véra,” composed in 1974. Many are newly translated by Dmitri Nabokov, including The University Poem, a sparkling novel in verse modeled on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin that constitutes a significant new addition to Nabokov’s oeuvre. Included too are such poems as “Lilith”, an early work which broaches the taboo theme revisited nearly forty years later in Lolita, and “An Evening of Russian Poetry”, a masterpiece in which Nabokov movingly mourns his lost language in the guise of a versified lecture on Russian delivered to college girls. The subjects range from the Russian Revolution to the American refrigerator, taking in on the way motel rooms, butterflies, ice-skating, love, desire, exile, loneliness, language, and poetry itself; and the poet whirls swiftly between the brilliantly painted facets of his genius, wearing masks that are, by turns, tender, demonic, sincere, self-parodying, shamanic, visionary, and ingeniously domestic.

Synopsis:

Though we know Nabokov as a brilliant novelist, his first love was poetry. This landmark collection brings together the best of his verse, including many pieces that have never before appeared in English.

 

These masterly poems span the whole of Nabokov's career, from "Music," written in 1914, to the short, playful "To Vera," composed in 1974. The works are newly translated by Dmitri Nabokov, and include "The University Poem," an extraordinary autobiographical poem in which Nabokov recalls his life in Cambridge, with its crooked alleys and age-old gates, teas at the vicar's, and British girls. Included too are such poems as "To Russia" ("Will you leave me alone! I implore you!"), the enchanting "Eve," and verse about America, lepidoptery, sport, love, and poetry itself.

About the Author

VLADIMIR NABOKOV studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym Sirin. In 1940, he left France for the United States, where he wrote some of his greatest works—Bend Sinister (1947), Lolita (1955), Pnin (1957), and Pale Fire (1962)—and translated his earlier Russian novels into English. He taught at Wellesley, Harvard, and Cornell. He died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977.

 

Thomas Karshan is the author of Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Play and co- translator of Nabokov’s The Tragedy of Mister Morn. Previously a research fellow at Christ Church, Oxford, and Queen Mary, University of London, he is now a lecturer in literature at the University of East Anglia. He lives in London and Norwich.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Poems Translated by Dmitri Nabokov

MUSIC

REVOLUTION

PETER IN HOLLAND

THE LAST SUPPER

EASTER

THE RULER

THE GLASSES OF ST. JOSEPH

“LIKE PALLID DAWN, MY POETRY SOUNDS GENTLY”

SHAKESPEARE

CUBES

ST. PETERSBURG

EVENING

FORTUNE-TELLING

THE DEMON

THE SKATER

SPRING

DREAM

THE TRAIN WRECK

UT PICTURA POESIS

A TRIFLE

THE UNIVERSITY POEM

BUTTERFLIES

TOLSTOY

“I HAVE NO NEED, FOR MY NOCTURNAL TRAVELS”

TO THE GRAPEFRUIT

THE HAWKMOTH

“FORTY-THREE YEARS, FORTY-FOUR YEARS MAYBE”

TO VÉRA

The Russian Poems from Poems and Problems

THE RAIN HAS FLOWN

TO LIBERTY

I STILL KEEP MUTE

HOTEL ROOM

PROVENCE

LA BONNE LORRAINE

THE BLAZON

THE MOTHER

I LIKE THAT MOUNTAIN

THE DREAM

THE SNAPSHOT

IN PARADISE

THE EXECUTION

FOR HAPPINESS THE LOVER CANNOT SLEEP

LILITH

THE MUSE

SOFT SOUND

SNOW

THE FORMULA

AN UNFINISHED DRAFT

EVENING ON A VACANT LOT

THE MADMAN

HOW I LOVE YOU

L’INCONNUE DE LA SEINE

AT SUNSET

WE SO FIRMLY BELIEVED

WHAT HAPPENED OVERNIGHT

THE POETS

TO RUSSIA

OCULUS

FAME

THE PARIS POEM

NO MATTER HOW

ON RULERS

TO PRINCE S. M. KACHURIN

A DAY LIKE ANY OTHER

IRREGULAR IAMBICS

WHAT IS THE EVIL DEED

FROM THE GRAY NORTH

The English Poems from Poems and Problems

A LITERARY DINNER

THE REFRIGERATOR AWAKES

A DISCOVERY

THE POEM

AN EVENING OF RUSSIAN POETRY

THE ROOM

VOLUPTATES TACTIONUM

RESTORATION

THE POPLAR

LINES WRITTEN IN OREGON

ODE TO A MODEL

ON TRANSLATING “EUGENE ONEGIN”

RAIN

THE BALLAD OF LONGWOOD GLEN

English Poems Not Included in Poems and Problems

HOME

REMEMBRANCE

THE RUSSIAN SONG

SOFTEST OF TONGUES

EXILE

A POEM

DREAM

DANDELIONS

LUNAR LINES

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307593351
Author:
Nabokov, Vladimir
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Author:
Karshan, Thomas
Subject:
Single Author - Continental European
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.38 x 7.33 x 0.95 in 1.4 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Though we know Nabokov as a brilliant novelist, his first love was poetry. This landmark collection brings together the best of his verse, including many pieces that have never before appeared in English.

 

These masterly poems span the whole of Nabokov's career, from "Music," written in 1914, to the short, playful "To Vera," composed in 1974. The works are newly translated by Dmitri Nabokov, and include "The University Poem," an extraordinary autobiographical poem in which Nabokov recalls his life in Cambridge, with its crooked alleys and age-old gates, teas at the vicar's, and British girls. Included too are such poems as "To Russia" ("Will you leave me alone! I implore you!"), the enchanting "Eve," and verse about America, lepidoptery, sport, love, and poetry itself.

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