Books: Fyodor Tyutchev - Selected Poems
by John Dewey
The lyric verse of FYODOR TYUTCHEV (1803 – 1873), one of the treasures of Russian literature, remains largely unknown in the English-speaking world. This generous new selection of 100 of his poems, in verse translations by John Dewey, offers a rewarding insight into the work of a great poet. The translations are supplemented by an Introduction providing an informative survey of Tyutchev’s life and poetry, and by detailed endnotes on the individual poems.
Praise for John Dewey’s Tyutchev translations:
“Selected Poems is a handsome, carefully compiled, and meticulously crafted compilation of Tyutchev’s lyrics in English that conveys much of the ambience of the original Tyutcheviana.
[Dewey’s] renditions of Tyutchev’s love lyrics, and most of the nature lyrics are, in my estimation, particularly well-done.
The introduction does a wonderful job of contextualizing the poems. It gives an account of Tyutchev’s life and worldview excerpted from Dewey’s earlier distinguished venture into Tyutcheviana, Mirror of the Soul: A Life of the Poet Fyodor Tyutchev.
John Dewey is to be thanked for his appealing, evocative translations of Tyutchev’s works, which will prove valuable to scholars and students of Russian poetry as well as general poetry lovers.”
– Sofya Khagi, Slavic and East European Journal
“attractively presented … accurately and sensitively translated”
– Michael Pursglove, East-West Review
“Not least impressive are the translations of Tyutchev’s lyrics which … give the non-Russian speaker a real sense of the originals”
– Malcolm Jones, Emeritus Professor of Slavonic Studies, University of Nottingham
“certainly convey to the general reader the thrust of Tyutchev’s poetry and offer an idea of its greatness”
– Barry P. Scherr, Slavonic and East European Review
“high poetic quality”
– Jessie Davies, Journal of Russian Studies
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