Poems of Osip Mandelstam


This is by no means a bad book/collection, but the content of the poems wasn’t for me. It tended to reflect upon old stories and myths so I needed to from time to time research a bit and it caused the poems to loose some of their allure. When reading poetry for me personally I like to reflect and think about the possible meanings, this reference of caused a huge disconnect. Also these were originally written in 1910-1930 about so culture and the world is also very different.

Some of the poems are absolutely beautiful and Osip Mandelstam had a way with words. Additionally, Peter France did an amazing job on the translation.

Poetry style and taste is very dependent on the individual so I would prefer not to recommend or tell anyone not to read this. I would look into the poet a but more and then make your own decision.

Wrap Up

Currently Reading: May 30th, 2016

The last month or so have been very busy indeed. I have taken on quite a bit of responsibilities and I am loving it. I am finally starting to fully find my new balance between these responsibilities, family & friend time, and me time.

I thought I would share what I am currently reading since I am actually read again.

  1. Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics, I am about 21 pages in and I am really enjoying the style of this poet.
  2. Poems of Osip Mandelstam Translated by Peter France, I am 15 pages in and I am still on the fence as to how I feel about these poems.
  3. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, I have about 100 pages left. I do love the story of this series, but from time to time I feel like there is a bit to much “fluff”.

What are you currently reading?