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The Poems of Doctor Zhivago

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The 25 poems from Pasternak's masterpiece Doctor Zhivago are followed by a masterful critique of their function in the novel and their value as poetry.
Hardcover, 62 pages
Published 1967 by greenwood press (first published January 1st 1965)
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Betty Bleen
Sep 04, 2011 Betty Bleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I love the movie, love the poetry.
Michele Brack
Jan 04, 2017 Michele Brack added it
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#31 : A book of poetry

I've had this book on the shelf for a while and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get to it. Most of the poems felt a bit long and drawn out to me, but I like some of the imagery that was described. I particularly like this image:

The dawn! It swept that last of the stars
Like flecks of ash from the vaulted sky.
("Star of the Nativity" ll 78-79, pg 44)

The poems also seemed to follow a descending pattern as well. They start about life and nature. Poems of spring and
Feb 24, 2014 MK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really feel qualified to review this book. The poems are translated in what appears to be a beautiful manner. They flow nicely, and read well. Donald Davie is a poet, so I'm not surprised at that. I struggled and choked my way through each of his commentaries, however, finding very little resonance or explanation of the poems, and not feeling furthered in my quest to help understand the poems, or the novel better.

When I got to the last few poems and commentaries, the reason (perhaps) why
Feb 24, 2014 MK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's okay. Comment is on the translation, not on the poems. These poems are translated by Eugene M. Kayden, for a cute, slim little volume that includes illustrations, that is a Hallmark Edition. And, you know, the poems are sort of Hallmark-y. They're quite easy to understand, not as flowery as some of the other translations (I've seen the translations in the Hayward & Harari translation of the novel, in the Pevear & Volokhonsky translation of the novel, and in another separate volume b ...more
M. Sofia
In this collection of poems I "met" a great writer, do not use the word poet (with a capital P that is fully adapted to the case) because Pasternak is a magnificent "Charmer" that pulls the reader in a whirlwind of emotions that often bind . His poetry is a "magma" of beauty and power in continuous "evolution" that has no "end", every poem is a "new beginning", a "matter" open that does not end in the understanding of the "meaning" of this or that poem but that goes beyond the various "meanings" ...more
Nikoleta Starkova
Feb 19, 2017 Nikoleta Starkova rated it liked it

Спря шумът. На Сцената съм вече.
До вратата плътно прилепен,
аз долавям в отгласа далечен
всичко, дето ще се случи с мен.

Мракът на нощта е в мен насочен,
с хиляди бинокли ме следи.
Само тая чаша. Ава Отче,
днес да ме отмине отреди.

Вярвам, твоят замисъл голям е,
ще играя ролята докрай,
но това сега е друга драма
и отсрочка тоя път ми дай.

Но подред, обмислено се действа;
и на пътя ти стои черта.
Аз съм сам. Във всичко — фарисейство.
Не от ден до пладне — до смъртта!
Billie Jeans
Feb 19, 2017 Billie Jeans rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
قصائد جيفاكو التي كتبها باسترناك على لسان بطله - دكتور جيفاكو- بعضها مرتبط بأحداث الرواية أو فلسفة جيفاكو و بعضها عن الطبيعة و عن الطقوس المسيحية .. كالعادة الترجمة العربية و الأنجليزية لا تعطي النغم الموسيقي في كل القصائد
و أن الكون و اأسفاه بسيط حقا
لا يريد أن نظنه خبيثا إلى هذا الحد
و أن الغابة تحس الموت في الروح
و أن لكل شئ في الدنيا نهايته
و نرى أنه من العبث البحث لكي نفهم
حين يحترق حولنا كل شئ
ما الحياة إلا هنيهة
إلا إذابة نفوسنا
في نفوس الآخرين
كأننا نعطي هبة
Martha Duke
Sep 09, 2010 Martha Duke marked it as to-read
Shelves: ny-down
This book was in my Dad's house in NY. The inscription reads,
"To My Wife, you are my shining star, Happy Birthday, with all my love, For longer than always. Yours, Chris"
This was Lee (Ilya), the love of his life, one of his 4 wives, can't remember whether it was number 3 or 4.
It has a very old smell. Beautifully illustrated.
Austin Wright
Aug 07, 2014 Austin Wright rated it did not like it
The author himself is much more interesting than his work: "Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature the following year, an event which both humiliated and enraged the Communist Party of the Soviet Union."

Honestly, it looks like we gave him an award just to spite the censorship of the USSR.
Jan 31, 2013 Shalyn rated it did not like it
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I love poetry, but these poems are terrible.
Nataly Dybens
Aug 14, 2016 Nataly Dybens rated it really liked it
Beautiful, lots of willow references. I love the artwork too. Even the more religious poems I found liking to.
Angela Gomez
Sep 14, 2010 Angela Gomez rated it it was amazing
Great Russian novel. Epic, tragic, subtle.
Oct 27, 2009 Myriam-Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful poetry, beautiful book. Heartbreaking story, but oh, so beautiful
Hallmark Editions.

Trans. Eugene M. Kayden.
Mar 18, 2016 D rated it liked it
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Самата книга е далеч над тази поезия като качество, което няма как да не повлияе на оценката ми тук.
Aug 17, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it
I have my Mom's copy of this and it is a nice collection of inspirational poetry.
Scott Whitney
Oct 25, 2013 Scott Whitney rated it really liked it
Enjoyable poetry. I would like to find them in Russian now, I think the authors work would be more in his native language.
Feb 19, 2016 Margaret added it
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It's really hard to find a good translation that covers all the bases, lyricism, rhythm, original meaning, and rhyme. So if anyone needs me....I'll be off learning Russian.
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Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was born in Moscow to talented artists: his father a painter and illustrator of Tolstoy's works, his mother a well-known concert pianist. Though his parents were both Jewish, they became Christianized, first as Russian Orthodox and later as Tolstoyan Christians. Pasternak's education began in a German Gymnasium in Moscow and was continued at the University of Moscow. Un ...more
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