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Poems This is a bilingual volume of poems by Galaktion Tabidze one of the greatest poets of Georgia The English translations are by Innes Merabishvili Professor of English and Linguistics of

  • Title: Poems
  • Author: Galaktion Tabidze Innes Merabishvili
  • ISBN: 9781602710320
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a bilingual volume of 50 poems by Galaktion Tabidze 1891 1959 , one of the greatest poets of Georgia The English translations are by Innes Merabishvili, Professor of English and Linguistics of Translation at the State University of Tbilisi, and a well known Byron scholar, who has rendered many of Byron s poems into Georgian and published works on the English poetThis is a bilingual volume of 50 poems by Galaktion Tabidze 1891 1959 , one of the greatest poets of Georgia The English translations are by Innes Merabishvili, Professor of English and Linguistics of Translation at the State University of Tbilisi, and a well known Byron scholar, who has rendered many of Byron s poems into Georgian and published works on the English poet She has also published in Georgian a study of Galaktion s enigmatic metaphors in the monograph Enigmas in Galaktion s Poetry Tbilisi, 2003 The renderings of the poems from Georgian into English are accomplished and sensitive She has captured the tone and rhythms of Galaktion and her translations of the difficult metaphors of the originals come over into English remarkably faithfully This is a token of Professor Merabishvili s skill as a translator in that one does not sense the presence of a foreign source in these translations Since Georgian poets Eristavi, the Chav chav adzes, Galaktion, etc are hardly known at all in the English speaking world, Professor Merabishvili has rendered a great service to Georgian letters by making one of the nation s greatest modern poets available to English readers That alone, in my view, justifies the publication of this volume Professor Richard A Cardwell, The University of Nottingham

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    1. Galaktion Tabidze Innes Merabishvili

      Galaktion Tabidze Georgian November 17, 1892 March 17, 1959 was a leading Georgian poet of the twentieth century whose writings profoundly influenced all subsequent generations of Georgian poets He survived Joseph Stalin s Great Purge of the 1930s, which claimed lives of many of his fellow writers, friends and relatives, but came under heavy pressure from the Soviet authorities Those years plunged him into depression and alcoholism He was placed in a psychiatric hospital in Tbilisi, where he committed suicide.Galaktion Tabidze was born in the village Chqvishi near Vani, western Georgia then part of Imperial Russia His father, local teacher Vasil Tabidze, died two months before Galaktion was born From 1900 to 1910, he studied at the seminaries of Kutaisi and Tbilisi, and later worked as a teacher Although his very first book, influenced by Symbolism, garnered acclaim in 1914, he took longer than the other Georgian symbolists from the Blue Horns group to attract recognition Due to his preference for solitude, he gained a moniker of Chevalier of the Order of Loneliness from his cousin Titsian Tabidze.His next poetic collection Cr ne aux fleurs artistiques 1919 made him the leader of Georgian poetry for several decades to come Most of his writings were impregnated with themes of isolation, lovelessness, and nightmarish presentiments, as seen in his masterpieces Without Love 1913 , I and the Night 1913 , Azure Horses 1915 , and The Wind Blows 1924.During the Stalinist repressions of 1937, Tabidze s wife Olga Okudzhava, from the family of Old Bolsheviks, was arrested and exiled to Siberia where she died in 1944 Galaktion s cousin and fellow poet, Titsian Tabidze, like many of the poet s associates, was also arrested and eventually executed Tabidze himself was interrogated and heavily beaten by Lavrentiy Beria This plunged Galaktion into depression and alcoholism His long silence and solitude saved him from the purges however he continued to receive titles and awards, and published new poems, but the poet s life was completely distorted.Severely ill and depressed, he was eventually placed in the Tbilisi psychiatric hospital where he ended his life, through jumping to his death from the hospital window, on Chavchavadze Avenue in Central Tbilisi, in 1959 He was interred at the Mtatsminda Pantheon, his funerals being attended by tens of thousands In 2000 the Church of Georgia officially absolved the sin of suicide to Galaktion Tabidze.Tabidze authored thousands of poems that established him as one of the greatest Georgian poets with an immense impact on modern Georgian literature His archive of about 100,000 items in the Literary Museum in Tbilisi still awaits full investigation He has been translated into Russian, French, English, and German.

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