Poems of Sophia

005a1f36_medium Author Alexander Blok
Isbn 9781621380665
File size 1MB
Year 2014
Pages 200
Language English
File format PDF
Category Other

Book Description:

Solovyov's Sophia poems--indeed his very concept of Sophia--have always been cited as crucial to the development of Russian Symbolism, but until now, they have unavailable in English. Russian Symbolism has always had a stronger mystical strain than its French model, and Solovyov has always been greatly responsible for that. The poems, written in two waves, the first almost immediately following a mystical vision that Solovyev experienced in the Egyptian desert in 1875, the second a "recollection in tranquility" composed in Russia in the 1890s, fired the imaginations of a generation of young Russian poets, foremost among them Alexander Blok.

Though this translation is slight in slight in size--a mere 42 pages--its importance to our understanding of literary Symbolism in Russia can not be overemphasized.


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