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Less Than One: Selected Essays (Penguin Modern Classics) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/10/6
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Essayist and poet Joseph Brodsky was one of the most penetrating voices of the twentieth century. This prize-winning collection of his diverse essays includes uniquely powerful appreciations of great writers: on Dostoevsky and the development of Russian prose, on Auden and Akhmatova, Cavafy, Montale and Mandelstam. These are contrasted with his reflections on larger themes of tyranny and evil, and subtle evocations of his childhood in Leningrad. Brodsky's insightful appreciation of the intricacies of language, culture and identity connect these works, revealing his remarkable gifts as a prose writer.
'Sparkles with intellect, and combines the precision of scholarship with the passion of the poet' (The Times)
'Genius ... bringing ardent intelligence to bear upon poetry, politics and autobiography' (Seamus Heaney)
As a rule, a poet is considerable older when he finishes a poem
than he was at its outset.
A poet, generally speaking,
is more generous than an apostle.
There is a tremendous emphasis on sound in Footnote to a Poem about the Russian poem Novogodnee on the death of the great German poet Rilke. Poetry is in the form of words picked out by sound. What becomes beauty was an inkling of scorn that serenely disdains to destroy us, but so often we feel and hear a stomp coming stronger with the daily noose.