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Bride of Ice: New Selected Poems

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When Elaine Feinstein first read the poems of Marina Tsvetaeva in Russian in the 1960s, the encounter transformed her. 'What drew me to her initially, ' she writes, 'was the intensity of her emotions, and the honesty with which she exposed them.' Her translations, first published to great acclaim in 1971, introduced Tsvetaeva to English readers. It was the start of Feinste ...more
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Published August 1st 2011 by Carcanet Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Though born into a family of means, Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva (1892-1941) soon fell victim to the same disasters that crushed so many Russians during that time. Though I may write about her life elsewhere, for now I'll just mention that it became so trying for her that she hung herself from a nail in a cottage in the Tatar Republic...

The turmoil and depression of her last years had stilled her poetic sources, but she had already produced the work for which she is now widely recognized as one of
Apr 18, 2013 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Elaine Feinstein has been reading and translating Tsvetaeva for more than 40 years. It is perhaps only through such lengthy and profound engagement that a poet as unique as Marina could ever be convincingly rendered in another language.

Tsvetaeva’s life was as brutal as many of her Russian compatriots during the dark Soviet years, and ended with her suicide. Her daughter died of starvation during the Civil War. Her other daughter and husband were imprisoned. She was wild and passionate and self-
On the whole, the English versions are consciously less emphatic, less loudly- spoken, less violent, often less jolting and disturbing than the Russian originals, says Elaine Feinstein in her afterword, and her translation is regarded as one of the best incarnations, if not the best, of Tsvetaeva in English. Often, though not always, Tsvetaeva's verse - far more so the earlier stuff (by the end I felt attuned to the changes in content and expression as she aged) - was not quite as powerful as I' ...more
Are you happy? You never tell me.
Maybe it’s better like this.
You’ve kissed so many others –
which makes for sadness.
In you, I see the heroines
of Shakespeare’s tragedies.
You, unhappy lady, were
never saved by anybody.
You have grown tired of repeating
the familiar words of love!
An iron ring on a bloodless hand
is more expressive,
I love you – like a storm burst
overhead – I must confess it;
all the more fiercely because you burn
and bite, and most of all
because our secret lives ta
Jee Koh
Nov 17, 2012 Jee Koh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marina Tsvetaeva is, pardon the cliche, a force of nature. In the translations of Elaine Feinstein, that force also shows its formal intelligence. I read "POEM OF THE MOUNTAIN" in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, and the poem transported me elsewhere, to the mountain, on the mountain, away from the mountain. Her passion ennobles her, as the poet is very well aware:

Let now some neighbour say whether your
hair is black or fair, for he can tell.
I leave that to physicians or watchmakers.
What passion has a u
Keren Darancette
As a fan of poetry where has this woman been all my life. Really moving.
Moira McPartlin
This was a library book and I ran out of time, but I will find it again and finish. She is a wonderful poet
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A powerful writer. Wonderfully translated.
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Thought provoking poems from the bride of ice...
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Tsvetaeva wrote and lived poetry.
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Марина Цветаева
Marina Tsvetaeva was born in Moscow. Her father, Ivan Tsvetayev, was a professor of art history and the founder of the Museum of Fine Arts. Her mother Mariya, née Meyn, was a talented concert pianist. The family travelled a great deal and Tsvetaeva attended schools in Switzerland, Germany, and at the Sorbonne, Paris. Tsvetaeva started to write verse in her early childhood. She mad
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