Who is Boris Pasternak

Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (/ˈpæstərˌnæk/; Russian: Бори́с Леони́дович Пастерна́к, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis lʲɪɐˈnʲidəvʲɪtɕ pəstɛrˈnak]) (10 February [O.S. 29 January] 1890 – 30 May 1960) was a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator. In his native Russian, Pasternak's first book of poems, My Sister, Life (1917), is one of the most influential collections ever published in the Russian language. Pasternak's translations of stage plays by Goethe, Schiller, Calderón de la Barca and Shakespeare remain very popular with Russian audiences.

As a novelist, Pasternak is also known as the author of Doctor Zhivago (1957), a novel which takes place between the Russian Revolution of 1905 and the Second World War. Doctor Zhivago...
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Boris Pasternak Poems

  • Mary Magdalene Ii
    People clean their homes before the feast.
    Stepping from the bustle of the street
    I go down before Thee on my knees
    And anoint with myrrh Thy holy feet. ...
  • Autumn
    I have allowed my family to scatter,
    All those who were my dearest to depart,
    And once again an age-long loneliness
    Comes in to fill all nature and my heart. ...
  • Spasskoe
    In Spasskoe, unforgettable September sheds its leaves.
    Isnâ??t it time to close up the summer-house?
    Echo traps the thudding of axe-blows in the trees,
    and, past the fence, barters a herd-boyâ??s shout. ...
  • With Oars At Rest
    A boat is beating in the breast of the lake.
    Willows hang over, tickling and kissing
    Neckline and knuckles and rowlocks-O wait,
    This could have happened to anyone, listen! ...
  • Out Of Superstition
    A box of glazed sour fruit compact,
    My narrow room.
    And oh the grime of lodging rooms
    This side the tomb! ...
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Night 43 Life 26 Light 26 Time 25 Sky 22 World 21 Away 20 Long 19 Snow 18 Heart 18


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  • Loveliberty_1: surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us. ~boris pasternak
  • Supamodu: from russia: music is complicated but if you dedicate yourself to it, it opens up like a mysterious, rare blossom. here are russian composer alexander lokshin’s composition based on boris pasternak’s translation of goethe’s faust.
  • Imrankashmiri_: “literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.” boris pasternak
  • Ideasandpower: “i don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. life hasn't revealed its beauty to them. ” ― boris pasternak
  • Co1onne11i: doctor zhivago by boris pasternak was first published on this day 64 years ago, in italy, as a world premiere. publisher giangiacomo feltrinelli had the manuscript smuggled to milan and printed it in 1957. pasternak was awarded the nobel prize for literature the following year.
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Paul Landwehr: The simple beauty of insightful truths revealed through the poetry and prose of Pasternak is liken to a compass, a signpost pointing the way to transcendence from our basest human nature’s.
For me...he is a heroic voice; in a class with Rumi and Gibran, Rilke and Neruda: there are others, but you get the idea.

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William Blake Poem
The Little Black Boy
 by William Blake

My mother bore me in the southern wild,
And I am black, but O! my soul is white.
White as an angel is the English child:
But I am black as if bereav'd of light.

My mother taught me underneath a tree
And sitting down before the heat of day.
She took me on her lap and kissed me,
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