Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My turn shall also come: I sense the spreading of a wing. Osip Mandelstam

The Russian poet was born on this day in 1891.

Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam[1] (RussianО́сип Эми́льевич Мандельшта́мIPA: [ˈosʲɪp ɪˈmʲilʲjɪvʲɪt͡ɕ məndʲɪlʲˈʂtam]; January 15 [O.S. January 3] 1891 – December 27, 1938) was a Russian poet and essayist who lived in Russia during and after its revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union. He was one of the foremost members of the Acmeist school of poets. He was arrested by Joseph Stalin's government during the repression of the 1930s and sent into internal exile with his wife Nadezhda. Given a reprieve of sorts, they moved to Voronezh in southwestern Russia. In 1938 Mandelstam was arrested again and sentenced to a camp inSiberia. He died that year at a transit camp.

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