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1. The Babi Yar Tragedy, Remembered in Poetry

On September 29-30, 1941, Nazi troops shot over 33,000 Jews at the edge of the Babi Yar ravine near Kiev. Yevgeny Yevtushenko's poem memorializing the tragedy ensures it will never be forgotten. 

Tags: Russia, Babi Yar, Yevtushenko, Evtushenko, Holocaust, WWII, poetry
By Alice E.M. Underwood
2. Quotable Pushkin for Six Everyday Occasions

In honor of Alexander Pushkin's 217th birthday, here's a small sample of his poems to show that his writing isn't just pretty and witty – it can help you through almost any situation.

Tags: pushkin, poetry, russia, literature, history, eugene onegin, boris godunov, bronze horseman
By Alice E.M. Underwood
3. Two Miracles of Russian Love Poetry

On the occasion of Pushkin's birthday, we offer a post on the challenge of translating his most famous love lyrics, "Я вас любил," with a bonus look at Innokenty Annensky's "Среди миров."

Tags: pushkin, literature, russian literature, poetry, annensky
By Anatoly Liberman
4. More Dangerous Than Gunpowder

Under Stalin, a poem could mean life or death. For many poets, it was a one-way ticket to the Gulag. Today, poems can be a means to face cultural memories of arrests in the night, forced labor, and the silence demanded of people fearing those fates. 

Tags: poetry, gulag, prison, memory, history, literature, Akhmatova, Ozerov, Samoilov, censorship
By Alice E.M. Underwood
5. 5 Reasons Silver is Precious

As a metal, Silver means second place; as a period of poetic production in Russia, the Silver Age is unparalleled. The years 1890-1925 (give or take) stand out for the explosion of poetic voices, forms, and innovations. With help from the recently published Russian Silver Age Poetry, we explore what sets that period apart.

Tags: poetry, silver age, symbolism, history, literature, Merezhkovsky, Gippius, Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Khodasevich, Khlebnikov, Balmont, Severyanin, Bryusov
By Alice E.M. Underwood
6. A Survey of Russian Humor (and it rhymes!)

There's plenty of talk about how Russia is dark and dismal, its writers pathologically depressed, and the general mood among the populace about as cheery as a Siberian winter. These stereotypes give short shrift to Russian humor...

Tags: poetry, humor, literature, Oleinikov, Khlebnikov, Boroditskaya, Prigov, satire
By Alice E.M. Underwood
7. Poetry, The Russian Riddle, and International Politics

What can we learn about Russia, now and throughout history, from its poetry? This month we try to find out, with help from The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry, to be released later this month, as reviewed in the Nov/Dec issue of Russian Life.

Tags: Tyutchev, poetry, history, international relations
By Alice E.M. Underwood
8. Translator's Note: Bulat Okudzhava

It's one thing to become famous as a writer or poet in your own country. But what does it take to earn yourself a spot in world literature? By describing the promise of Soviet poet, songwriter, and classic Bulat Okudzhava, translators offer us some insight.

Tags: bulat okudzhava, translation, poetry
By Eugenia Sokolskaya
9. Chtenia 11: Literal Poem Translations
Tags: blok, mayakovsky, poetry
10. Chtenia 5: Literal Poem Translations

Literal translations of poems from issue 5 of Chtenia.

Tags: poetry, kudasheva, translation, winter

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