Modern Russian Poetry: An Anthology

Translated by Babette Deutsch (1895 - 1982) and Avrahm Yarmolinsky (1890 - 1975)

This volume...aims to present the lyrical poetry of Russian for the last hundred years by a selection of poems translated by the editors...The principle of selection was, so far as might be, aesthetic. Poems were chosen less for their representative quality than for their immediate worth, and of course, their ability to stand the test of translation. Represented authors are: Alexander Pushkin, Yevgeny Baratynsky, Alexey Koltzov, Mikhail Lermontov, Fyodor Tyuchev, Nikolai Nerasov, Alexy K. Tolstoy, Apollon Maikov, Afanasy Shenshin-Foeth, Yakov Polonsky, Vladimir Solovyov, N. Minsky, Dmitry Merezhanovsky, Fyodor Sologub, Zinaida Hippius, Konstantin Balmont, Valery Brusov, Ivan Bunin, Vyacheslav Ivanov, Yuris Balthrushaitis, Maximillian Voloshin, Mikhail Kuzmin, Georgy Chulkov, Alexander Blok, Andrey Bely, Vasily Bashkin, Sergey Gorodetzky, Anna Akhmatova, Igor Severyanin, Nikolai Kluyev, Lubov Stolitza, Sergei Yesenin, Z. Shishova, Piotr Oreshin, and Anatoly Marienhov. (Summary by Kevin Davidson, and the editors)

Genre(s): Anthologies

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Kevin W. Davidson
Play 01 Alexander Pushkin: A Nereid - "Behold a Sower" - Three Springs - The Prophet - Verses Written During a Sleepless Night - Work - Madonna Kevin W. Davidson
Play 02 Yevgeny Baratynsky: Prayer; Alexey Koltzov: An Old Man's Song; Mikhail Lermontov: The Angel - The Cup of Live - Gratitude - From "The Deamon," Part I, xv - Captive Knight Kevin W. Davidson
Play 03 Fyodor Tyutchev: Twilight - "As Ocean's Stream" - Silentium - Autumn Evening - July 14, At Night - "Oh, Thou, My Wizard Soul"; Nikolai Nekrasov: "The Capitals Are Ricked with Thunder" - "My Poems!" - The Salt Song Kevin W. Davidson
Play 04 Alexey K. Tolstoy: "My Little Almond Tree: - "A Well and the Cherry Trees Swaying:" - "Oh, the Ricks"; Apollon Maikov: Art - "Upon This Wild Headland" - Summer Rain; Afanasy Shenshin-Foeth: "Whispers, Timid Breathing: - The Aerial City - Swallows Kevin W. Davidson
Play 05 Yakov Polonsky: The Cosmic Fabric - Sorrow's Madness; Vladimir Solovyov: "Below the Sultry Storm" - "With Wavering Feet"; N. Minsky: Force - My Temple; Dmitry Merezhkovsky: A Prayer - The Trumpet Call - The Curse of Love Kevin W. Davidson
Play 06 Fyodor Solgub: The Amphora - The Dragon - "When, Heaving on the Stormy Waters" - "Austere the Music of My Songs" - The Devil's Swings; Zinaida Hippius: "I seek for Rhythmic Whisperings" - Psyche - Creation Kevin W. Davidson
Play 07 Kinstantin Balmont: "With My Fancy I Grasped" - Centuries of Centuries Will Pass - In the White Land - Hymn to Fire Kevin W. Davidson
Play 08 Valery Brusov: The Tryst - "Radiant Ranks of Seraphim" - Benediction - Inevitability - The Fierce Birds - Eventide - "Oh, Cover" - Saint Sebastian - The Coming Huns Kevin W. Davidson
Play 09 Ivan Bunin: Russian Spring - A Song - The God of Noon - In an Empty House - Flax; Vyacheslav Ivanov: The Catch - Autumn - Fountain - The Seeking of Self - Complaint - Narcissus: A Pompeiian Bronze - Funeral - The Holy Rose - Nomads of Beauty Kevin W. Davidson
Play 10 Yurgis Baltrushiatis: The Pendulum - The Surf; Maximillian Volshin: Cimmerian Twilight I-III - Sonnet XV (From the Sonnet-Cycle "Lunaria") - Stigmata; Mikhail Kuzmin: "Now Dry the Eyes" - "Night Was Done" - From Alexandrian Songs Kevin W. Davidson
Play 11 Georgy Chulkov: "Purple Autumn"; Alexander Blok: "Into Crimson Dark" - The Unknown Woman - The Lady Unknown - "A Little Black Man" - Russia - "When Mountain-ash" - The Scythians - From "The Twelve" : 9 Kevin W. Davidson
Play 12 Andrey Bely: Messengers - Euthanasia - "You Sit on the Bed There"; Victor Hofman: "Still Was the Evening"; Vasily Bashkin: "Upon the Black Brow of a Cliff" ; Sergey Gorodetzky: Yarila - The Birch Tree; Anna Akhmatova: "Like a White Stone" - Confession - "Broad Gold, the Evening" - Prayer Kevin W. Davidson
Play 13 Igor Severyanin: And It Passed by the Sea-Shore - A Russian Song - Spring Apple-Tree; Nikolai Kluyev: A Northern Poem - An Izba Song; Lubov Stolitza: A Lenten One Kevin W. Davidson
Play 14 Sergei Yesenin: "Upon Green Hills" - Hopes Painted by the Autumn Cold" - "In the Clear Cold" - Transfiguration: III; Z. Shishova: "How Strange, Oh God"; Piotr Oreshin: Not by Hands Created Kevin W. Davidson
Play 15 Anatoly Marienhof: "Savage, Nomad Hordes" - October Kevin W. Davidson