Marina Tsvetaeva: Selected Poems
Author: Marina Tsvetaeva
Translator and Introduction: Elaine Feinstein
Publisher: Penguin Books (1994)
An admired contemporary of Rilke, Akhmatova, and Mandelstam, Marina Tsvetaeva was a witness to the political turmoil and the social devastation wrought by the Russian Revolution and a powerfully inspired chronicler of a difficult life and exile sustained by poetry. Pasternak "was immediately overcome by the immense lyrical power of her poetic form. It... had spring living from experience—personal, and neither narrow-chested nor short of breath from line to line but rich and compact and enveloping"