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This advent provides the most important topics, kinds and sorts of Russian poetry. utilizing examples from Russia's maximum poets, Wachtel attracts on 3 centuries of verse, from the beginnings of secular literature within the eighteenth century to the present.

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A foot with two consecutive stresses. ) While spondees can in principle occur anywhere in a line, they are most frequently found in the first foot of an iamb. The seventh line has a stress on the first and fourth syllables. This variant (which, following the terminology of Vladimir Nabokov, we will call a “tilt”), is possible in Russian iambic lines only when the first syllable is a monosyllabic word. Both the spondaic opening and the tilt are relatively rare. As readers (or listeners), we should learn to recognize them because they have interpretive significance.

Ordinarily, rhymes come in pairs. In the sonnet, however, the first eight lines (the octet) are based on only two rhymes, a test of the poet’s resourcefulness. ) Ivanov writes “Love” in iambic pentameter, the standard meter of Russian sonnets, placing an additional constraint on himself by including a caesura after the second foot. The sonnet brings with it structural as well as strictly formal expectations. It introduces an idea in the initial quatrain, varies, develops or otherwise complicates it in the second, and synthesizes the two quatrains in the concluding sestet.

A´ д , потeря´ в/грa´ ф, чeловe´ к/снe´ г . In feminine rhymes, poets often allow some freedom in the exactitude of the syllable that follows the rhyme. Even Pushkin, who was unusually strict in his usage, allowed feminine rhymes like дубро´ вaх/суро´ вых and хо´ чeшь/проро´ чишь (in this last case, the words are phonetically identical – only the spelling differs). Since its introduction to Russian poetry, rhyme has undergone radical change. Most twentieth-century poets would reject the rhyming practice of their eighteenth-century counterparts in favor of rhymes that those earlier poets would themselves have rejected.

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