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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  • Realityselect0r: surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us. boris pasternak
  • Golightlysabina: “literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.” – boris pasternak
  • Mattpotter: thinking about boris godunov and pasternak next. unsure of additional borises.
  • Kateuaus: “how wonderful to be alive, he thought. but why does it always hurt?” ~ boris pasternak, 'doctor zhivago'
  • At_oasis: as before the collapse, the setting sun brushed the tiles, brought out the warm brown glow on the wallpaper, and hung the shadow of the birch on the wall as if it were a woman's scarf. ps. - boris pasternak, doctor zhivago
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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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