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Andrei Voznesensky

(12 May 1933 – 1 June 2010)

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Andrei Andreyevich Voznesensky was a Soviet and Russian poet and writer who had been referred to by Robert Lowell as "one of the greatest living poets in any language." He was one of the "Children of the '60s," a new wave of iconic Russian intellectuals led by the Khrushchev Thaw.

Voznesensky was considered "one of the most daring writers of the Soviet era" but his style often led to ... more »

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  • ''The urge to kill, like the urge to beget,
    Is blind and sinister. Its craving is set
    Today on the flesh of a hare: tomorrow it can
    Howl the same way for the flesh of a man.''
    Andrei Voznesensky (b. 1933), Russian poet. Hunting a Hare, st. 5 (1964), trans. by W.H. Auden.
  • ''Along a parabola life like a rocket flies,
    Mainly in darkness, now and then on a rainbow.''
    Andrei Voznesensky (b. 1933), Russian poet. Parabolic Ballad, st. 1 (1960), trans. by W.H. Auden. Opening line of poem.
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