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Osip Mandel'shtam (1891-1938) is taken into account by way of many to were the simplest Russian poet of his period, and he additionally wrote a couple of serious essays, usually thought of to be virtually impenetrable. Elena Glazov-Corrigan analyses Mandel'shtam's ideas on poetry and paintings within the context of the key postmodern literary debates and lines their improvement all through his writings. this can be the 1st try to describe in a finished method Mandel'shtam's highbrow global and its influence on his evolution as a philosopher, in particular, on changes in his perspective in the direction of language.

Of specific curiosity to Mandel'shtam students, basic Slavists, and comparatists with a spotlight on conception, this unique and thought-provoking strategy exhibits that from the Nineteen Twenties to the Nineteen Thirties, a distinct improvement happens in Mandel'shtam's view of the poetic method. lots of Glazov-Corrigan's rules run opposite to the acquired knowledge approximately Mandel'shtam. unlike her predecessors, Glazov-Corrigan examines the essays themselves systematically, no longer permitting herself to be sidetracked through the poetry. by means of following a sequence of styles - metaphors - she convincingly reconstructs a hidden good judgment in Mandel'shtam's work.

This booklet deals a brand new and superior experience of Mandel'shtam's poetic firm and the questions he sought to confront during constructing his poetics.

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