To Urania: Poems

To Urania: Poems

by Joseph Brodsky


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Combining two books of verse that were first published in his native Russian, To Urania was Brodsky's third volume to appear in English. Published in 1988, the year after he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, this collection features pieces translated by the poet himself and others, as well as poems written originally in English.

Auden once characterized Brodsky as "a traditionalist . . . interested in what lyric poets of all ages have been interested in . . . encounters with nature . . . reflections upon the human condition, death, and the meaning of existence." Reading the poems in To Urania—by turns cerebral, caustic, comic, and celebratory—we appreciate firsthand a great lyric poet's variety and achievement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374523336
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/01/1992
Pages: 174
Sales rank: 664,421
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

The poet, essayist, and playwright Joseph Brodsky (1940-96) 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.

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