Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

Osip Emilevich Mandelstam
Warsaw
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Osip Mandelstam, also Osip Mandel'shtam, was born in Warsaw and grew up in St.Petersburg. His father was a successful leather-goods dealer and his mother a piano teacher. Mandelstam's parents were Jewish, but not very religious. At home Mandelstam was taught by tutors and governesses. He attended the prestigious Tenishev School (1900-07) and travel ...
Popular Poems
1.
What Shall I Do With This Body They Gave Me
What shall I do with this body they gave me,
so much my own, so intimate with me?

For being alive, for the joy of calm breath,
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2.
Insomnia. Homer. Taut Canvas.
Insomnia. Homer. Taut canvas.
Half the catalogue of ships is mine:
that flight of cranes, long stretched-out line,
that once rose, out of Hellas.
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I Don’t Remember The Word I Wished To Say
I don’t remember the word I wished to say.
The blind swallow returns to the hall of shadow,
on shorn wings, with the translucent ones to play.
The song of night is sung without memory, though.
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4.
This
This is what I most want
unpursued, alone
to reach beyond the light
that I am furthest from.
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5.
Brothers, Let Us Glorify Freedom’s Twilight
Brothers, let us glorify freedom’s twilight –
the great, darkening year.
Into the seething waters of the night
heavy forests of nets disappear.
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Jeffrey Grinnell 14 May 2019
You do the foreign poets, translators and readers a grave disservice by not stating who has translated the poems.
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cr.mcc 28 April 2021
i cant verify who wrote any of this
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