Selected Poems, 1968-1996

Selected Poems, 1968-1996

by Joseph Brodsky, Ann Kjellberg

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Overview

Joseph Brodsky spent his life advocating for the place of the poet in society. As Derek Walcott said of him, “Joseph was somebody who lived poetry . . . He saw being a poet as being a sacred calling.” The poems in this volume span Brodsky’s career, which was marked by his expulsion from the Soviet Union in 1972. Together, they represent the project that, as Brodsky said, the “condition we call exile” presented: “to set the next man—however theoretical he and his needs may be—a bit more free.”

This edition, edited and introduced by Brodsky’s literary executor, Ann Kjellberg, includes poems translated by Derek Walcott, Richard Wilbur, and Anthony Hecht, as well as poems written in English or translated by the author himself. Selected Poems, 1968-1996 surveys Brodsky’s tumultuous life and illustrious career and showcases his most notable and poignant work as a poet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374600372
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 05/12/2020
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 594,834
File size: 811 KB

About the Author

Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996) came to the United States in 1972 as an involuntary exile from the Soviet Union. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987 and served as poet laureate of the United States in 1991 and 1992.
Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996) came to the United States in 1972, an involuntary exile from the Soviet Union. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987 and served as Poet Laureate of the United States in 1991 and 1992.

Table of Contents

Introduction Ann Kjellberg ix

A Note on the Text xvii

Six Tears Later 3

I Sit by the Window 5

Lithuanian Divertissement 7

Nature Morte 11

The Funeral of Bobò 18

Nunc Dimittis 21

An autumn evening in the modest square 25

In the Lake District 27

The Butterfly 28

Lagoon 35

A Part of Speech 40

In England 55

Plato Elaborated 64

Letters from the Ming Dynasty 68

May 24, 1980 70

A Polar Explorer 71

Dutch Mistress 72

The Hawk's Cry in Autumn 73

Sextet 78

Roman Elegies 84

To Urania 92

Seven Strophes 93

Eclogue IV: Winter 95

The Fly 105

In Memoriam 118

A Song 119

A Footnote to Weather Forecasts 121

Star of the Nativity 124

Memory of My Father: Australia 125

Epitaph for a Centaur 126

Vertumnus 127

Transatlantic 139

Daedalus in Sicily 140

Clouds 141

Portrait of Tragedy 146

Törnfallet 150

Homage to Chekhov 152

A Tale 154

View with a Flood 159

Ischia in October 160

In Front of Casa Marcello 163

Reveille 165

To My Daughter 167

MCMXCV 168

Flourish 169

Taps 170

Index of Titles and First Lines 173

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