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Two Poems by Osip Mandelstam

TO CASSANDRA I did not seek out your lips, Cassandra, your eyes, Cassandra, At any flowering moment, But in December—at the solemn vigil— Our memories torment! And it was then, in the year seventeen, in December, While loving, we lost all; One robbed …

Two Poems from ‘Tristia’

Translator’s Note: In Tristia (1922), his second collection of poems, Osip Mandelstam responded to the wars and upheaval of the years between 1917 and 1922 in Russia by celebrating the order and culture of the classical world. He spent part of these years as a refugee in the Crimea, which …