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This poem is taken from PN Review 16, Volume 7 Number 2, November - December 1980.

The Bronze Horseman (Tomlinson & Gifford) Alexander Pushkin

Introduction

TRANSLATED BY CHARLES TOMLINSON AND HENRY GIFFORD

Desolate flowed the waters : he
standing upon their shore and full
with the prospect of his thoughts
gazed distance down : the pull
of the river's sweep and breadth
fronted him here : a dug-out skiff
sped by in vistaed loneliness :
the shores of moss and swamp let show
black huts in which the wretched Finn
huddles himself against the snow :
and forest which the light of sun
shut-back by mist had never known
soughed round : his thoughts thrust on :
From here our threat shall reach the Swede
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