This is a wonderful discovery: It is a fantastic chance to learn more about the political and poetic development of the young Shelley. Nothing could be further from the truth. He was a poet who wrote of beauty, and is always associated with his works To the Skylark and The Cloud, but Shelley wanted his poetry to be "the trumpet of a prophecy" that would ring down the ages to give voice to the inhumanity we see all around us.
For further information on his life and works, see CLC, Volumes 4, 6, 13, 36, and Often called the best Russian poet of his generation, Brodsky was born and raised in the former Soviet Union and became an American citizen in He was known for poetry in which he used complex rhythm and meter and extensive word play to address such themes as exile, loss, and death.
He also frequently incorporated classical Western mythology and philosophy as well as Judeo-Christiantheology into his works. InBrodsky was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Biographical Information Brodsky was born in Leningrad to Jewish parents.
Disenchanted with formal education, he left school at the age of fifteen to study independently. As he developed a reputation among other Russian writers as a young poet with exceptional promise, he garnered the disfavor of Soviet authorities who arrested him in on charges of "social parasitism" under a controversial law meant to punish citizens who refused gainful employment.
Although Brodsky argued that his activities as a poet and translator constituted legitimate work, the judge at the trial reacted scornfully to his defense. Who has given you a place among the poets? And who included me among the ranks of the human race?
Due in part to a petition signed by numerous prominent persons in the Soviet Union, Europe, and North America, including the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, Brodsky was released after serving less than two years of his sentence.
However, he was still regarded as an undesirable element in Soviet society, and in officials forced him to leave the country despite his protests. Befriended by American poet W. Auden, Brodsky settled in the United States, where he worked as an instructor of literature and creative writing at several universities, including the University of Michigan, Queens College, and Mount Holyoke College.
Brodsky had open-heart surgery in and later had two heart bypass operations. His early poems are also considered more personal than his later works, which treat more universal subject matter. A Part of Speech contains thirty-six poems, many of which originally appeared in Russian in such volumes as Ostanovka v pustyne and Konets prekrasnoi epokhi Brodsky also published a book-length essay, Watermark, in Focusing on his experiences in Venice, Italy, where Brodsky spent many of his winters, this work has been described as a metaphorical, witty, and unconventional treatment of the Italian city.
At the time of his death, Brodsky was in the process of completing the poetry collection So Forth, which was published later in Critical Reception During his life, Brodsky earned recognition from both critics and his peers as an extraordinarily gifted writer.
He was lauded for imbuing classical themes with contemporary significance and for writing in both English and Russian. A few commentators have disputed the opinion that he is among the most influential Russian poets of the second half of the twentieth century, suggesting that sympathy for the oppression Brodsky suffered in the former Soviet Union led some to overrate his talents.
Some critics have also faulted his poetry for what they consider its sexism, didacticism, and lack of clarity and emotional intimacy. Nevertheless, Brodsky was widely praised for his commitment to poetry, his vast knowledge of Western poetic traditions, and his mastery of numerous verse forms.
I who write these lines will cease to be; so will you who read them. But the language in which they are written and in which you read them will remain, not merely because language is a more lasting thing than man, but because it is more capable of mutation.Cody Delistraty.
is a writer and historian based in New York and Paris. He writes on literature, psychology and interesting humans. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Atlantic, among others.
As a poet he used nature, mythology, and emotion in order to express his feelings and thoughts. The contribution to poetry by this writer is immeasurable. I would like to end this essay with the beautiful words written by Shelley. Charles Simic - Poet In his essay "Poetry and Experience," Simic wrote: "At least since Emerson and Whitman, there's a cult of experience in American poetry.
Our poets, when one comes right down to it, are always saying: This is what happened to me.
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