Joseph Brodsky

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Joseph Brodsky was born in 1940, in Leningrad, and began writing poetry when he was eighteen. Anna Akhmatova soon recognized in the young poet the most gifted lyric voice of his generation. From March 1964 until November 1965, Brodsky lived in exile in the Arkhangelsk region of northern Russia; he had been sentenced to five years in exile at hard l ...
Popular Poems
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A Song
I wish you were here, dear,
I wish you were here.
I wish you sat on the sofa
and I sat near.
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2.
I Sit By The Window
I said fate plays a game without a score,
and who needs fish if you've got caviar?
The triumph of the Gothic style would come to pass
and turn you on--no need for coke, or grass.
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3.
Belfast Tune
Here's a girl from a dangerous town
She crops her dark hair short
so that less of her has to frown
when someone gets hurt.
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4.
A List Of Some Observation...
A list of some observation. In a corner, it's warm.
A glance leaves an imprint on anything it's dwelt on.
Water is glass's most public form.
Man is more frightening than its skeleton.
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5.
A Polar Explorer
All the huskies are eaten. There is no space
left in the diary, And the beads of quick
words scatter over his spouse's sepia-shaded face
adding the date in question like a mole to her lovely cheek.
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Popular Quotes
11 November 2014
The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed.
11 November 2014
After having exhausted all the arguments on behalf of evil, one utters the creed's dictums with nostalgia rather than with fervor.
11 November 2014
Every writing career starts as a personal quest for sainthood, for self-betterment. Sooner or later, and as a rule quite soon, a man discovers that his pen accomplishes a lot more than his soul.
11 November 2014
Every individual ought to know at least one poet from cover to cover: if not as a guide through the world, then as a yardstick for the language.
11 November 2014
It would be enough for me to have the system of a jury of twelve versus the system of one judge as a basis for preferring the U.S. to the Soviet Union.... I would prefer the country you can leave to the country you cannot.

Comments

To refuse the folk is a tradition long, but, to refuse a foreign folk is a tradition ever.
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Liza Sudina 12 September 2015
GENIUS! My favorite poet! ! !
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Jay Warier 25 July 2009
What a beautiful poem 'A Song' is!
13 4 Reply
Jay Warier 25 July 2009
What a beautiful poem 'A Song' is!
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