Who is Joseph BrodskyIosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky (/ˈbrɒdski/; Russian: Ио́сиф Алекса́ндрович Бро́дский [ɪˈosʲɪf ɐlʲɪˈksandrəvʲɪtɕ ˈbrotskʲɪj] (listen); 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 ("strongly advised" to emigrate) from the Soviet Union in 1972, settling in the United States with the help of W. H. Auden and other supporters. He taught thereafter at Mount Holyoke College, and at universities including ...
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Joseph Brodsky Poems
- Letters To The Roman Friend
Now is windy and the waves are cresting over
Fall is soon to come to change the place entirely.
Change of colors moves me, Postum, even stronger ...
- Bosnia Tune
As you pour yourself a scotch
Crush a roach or check your watch
As your hands adjust your tie people die
There is a meadow in Sweden
where I lie smitten,
eyes stained with clouds'
white ins and outs. ...
- Seven Strophes
I was but what you'd brush
with your palm, what your leaning
brow would hunch to in evening's
raven-black hush. ...
- Stone Villages
The stone-built villages of England.
A cathedral bottled in a pub window.
Cows dispersed across fields.
Monuments to kings. ...
Top 10 most used topics by Joseph BrodskyTime 8 Love 8 I Love You 8 Night 7 Face 6 Water 6 Life 6 Dark 6 Future 5 Evening 5
Joseph Brodsky Quotes
- For aesthetics is the mother of ethics. Were we to choose our leaders on the basis of their reading experience and not their political programs, there would be much less grief on earth. I believe-not empirically, alas, but only theoretically-that for someone who has read a lot of Dickens to shoot his like in the name of an idea is harder than for someone who has read no Dickens.
- I do not believe in political movements. I believe in personal movement, that movement of the soul when a man who looks at himself is so ashamed that he tries to make some sort of change-within himself, not on the outside.
- Life-the way it really is-is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse.
- No matter under what circumstances you leave it, home does not cease to be home. No matter how you lived there-well or poorly.
Comments about Joseph Brodsky
- Casaamarilla: joseph brodsky slept here. the great poet’s cranky neighbor couldn’t care less.
- Joseph_fasano_: "one of my teachers at columbia was joseph brodsky...and he said 'look,' he said, 'you americans, you are so naïve. you think evil is going to come into your houses wearing big black boots. it doesn’t come like that. look at the language. it begins in the language.'" - marie howe
- Loverus8: "i do not believe in political movements. i believe in personal movement, that movement of the soul when a man who looks at himself is so ashamed that he tries to make some sort of change - within himself, not on the outside." - joseph brodsky
- Lateagitations: joseph brodsky on hubert butler: "he was a dishonesty hunter". is there a statue to butler in ireland? there should be.
- Sundpamela: america, nay the world, is in need of men & women of letters: here is susan sontag speaking about such a man, a russian poet who became an american citizen, joseph brodsky~start at 38 minutes wait a few seconds 4 susan, who is followed by derek walcott: