Poem of the Week – “With a View of the Sea” by Joseph Brodsky

“С видом на море” Иосиф Бродский

Когда так много позади

всего, в особенности – горя,

поддержки чьей-нибудь не жди,

сядь в поезд, высадись у моря.

Оно обширнее. Оно

и глубже. Это превосходство -

не слишком радостное. Но

уж если чувствовать сиротство,

то лучше в тех местах, чей вид

волнует, нежели язвит.

 “With a View of the Sea” by Joseph Brodsky

O when so much has been left

behind you—grief, to say the least,

expect no help from anyone.

Board a train, get to the sea.

Where it is wider. Where

it is deeper. This superiority –

is not a joyous one.

Whilst feeling horribly abandoned

the place to go is where the view

just deeply stirs but doesn’t mock.

Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky (24 May 1940 – 28 January 1996) was a Russian and American poet and essayist.

Born in Leningrad in 1940, Brodsky ran afoul of Soviet authorities and was expelled (“strongljosephbrodskyy advised” to emigrate) from the Soviet Union in 1972. He taught thereafter at universities including Yale, Columbia, Cambridge and Michigan.

Brodsky was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature “for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity”. He was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 1991.

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