Blok: Selected Poems

Blok, Alexander (1880–1921), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Born in Saint Petersburg in 1880, Alexander Blok was initially influenced by philosophers and 19th-century poets before marrying Lyubov Mendeleeva in 1903. His early work, marked by lyrical symbolism, evolved into a more ironic style. Influential to younger poets like Akhmatova, Blok initially supported the 1905-1907 Revolution but grew disillusioned with the developments of the 1917 Revolution. These selected poems are mainly taken from his personal poetry from 1908 onwards, largely omitting his earlier lyricism and later political writings. This presents a one-sided view of his work, highlighting its similarities to the personal, yet ironic style of Heinrich Heine. Blok died in 1921.

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Kline, A. S.

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