Osip Mandelstam


Born
in Warsaw (Congress Poland), Russian Federation
January 03, 1891

Died
December 27, 1938


Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam (also spelled Osip Mandelshtam, Ossip Mandelstamm) (Russian: Осип Эмильевич Мандельштам) was a Russian poet and essayist who lived in Russia during and after its revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union. He was one of the foremost members of the Acmeist school of poets. He was arrested by Joseph Stalin's government during the repression of the 1930s and sent into internal exile with his wife Nadezhda. Given a reprieve of sorts, they moved to Voronezh in southwestern Russia. In 1938 Mandelstam was arrested again and sentenced to a camp in Siberia. He died that year at a transit camp.

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The Selected Poems

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The Noise of Time: Selected...

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Stolen Air: Selected Poems ...

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4.44 avg rating — 216 ratings — published 2012
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Journey to Armenia

4.02 avg rating — 140 ratings — published 1931 — 19 editions
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Osip Mandelstam: 50 Poems

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The Voronezh Notebooks

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4.08 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 1980 — 9 editions
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Stone

4.48 avg rating — 71 ratings — published 1980 — 12 editions
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Silentium: Poetry of Osip M...

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Шум времени. Мемуарная проз...

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Tristia: Poems

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“My turn shall also come:
I sense the spreading of a wing.”
Osip Mandelstam, The Selected Poems

“Take from my palms, to soothe your heart,
a little honey, a little sun,
in obedience to Persephone's bees.

You can't untie a boat that was never moored,
nor hear a shadow in its furs,
nor move through thick life without fear.

For us, all that's left is kisses
tattered as the little bees
that die when they leave the hive.

Deep in the transparent night they're still humming,
at home in the dark wood on the mountain,
in the mint and lungwort and the past.

But lay to your heart my rough gift,
this unlovely dry necklace of dead bees
that once made a sun out of honey.”
Osip Mandelstam, The Selected Poems

“Perhaps my whisper was already born before my lips.”
Osip Mandelstam

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