2015 год. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, poetry's pre-eminence in Russia was unchallenged, with Pushkin and his contemporaries presiding over the 'Golden Age' of Russian literature. Although prose became more widely ready with the publication of works by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, poetry remained the soul of Russian literature throughout Russia's literary "Silver Age." During the Soviet era, poetry became a dangerous, subversive activity; nevertheless, poets such as Osip Mandelstam and Anna Akhmatova continued to defy the censors and write world-class verse. This fabulous anthology traces Russian poetry from its Golden Age to the modern era, presenting the country's very best poems in captivating modern translations by Robert Chandler and others.