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A substantial part of what lies ahead of you is going to be claimed by boredom Imagine starting a commencement address with this line This is what Brodsky did at Dartmouth, 1989, with his essay In Praise of Boredom, just one of the brilliant pieces included in his collection On Grief and Reason I d gladly attendcommencement ceremonies at our own campus if we got to hear brutally frank but entertaining and existential addresses like Brodsky s In a nutshell, he argues that college d A substantial part of what lies ahead of you is going to be claimed by boredom Imagine starting a commencement address with this line This is what Brodsky did at Dartmouth, 1989, with his essay In Praise of Boredom, just one of the brilliant pieces included in his collection On Grief and Reason I d gladly attendcommencement ceremonies at our own campus if we got to hear brutally frank but entertaining and existential addresses like Brodsky s In a nutshell, he argues that college does not prepare students for the inescapable fact of a working career Everything that displays a pattern is pregnant with boredom But Brodsky is no wicked scold out to mock parents for having dropped a hundred grand oron an education that apparently will prove existentially irrelevant oh well, it s only money, Mom and Dad or to terrify newborn grads into a life of escapist drink and drugs Rather, he argues, with great panache and insight, that boredom is means to attaining genuine passion by forcing us to recognize our insignificance That inferior in significance, we best it in sensitivity This is what it means to be insignificant If it takes will paralyzing to bring this home, then hail the boredom You are insignificant because you are finite Yet thefinite a thing is, thecharged with life, emotions, joy, compassion This should be required reading for every college grad actually, for anyone wracked by boredom Brodsky must ve anticipated that a somewhat less than traditional address filled with cliches and platitudes might need leavening with a dash of wit here and there, and he delivers with deadpan lines such as All one can suggest is to be a bitapprehensive of money, for the zeros in your accounts may usher in their mental equivalents this line may be too subtle for Last Comic Standing, but that just makes its cut all thesurgical This piece contains all of the trademarks of a typical Brodsky essay erudition worn lightly, wit and wry tone, droll delivery, compassion, and enthusiasm for the endlessly fascinating and infinite foibles of the human condition Though there isn t a dull piece in the collection, I would especially recommend An Immodest Proposal plan for increasing reading of poetry Homage to Marcus Aurelius, and Letter to Horace, which contains the most daring opening to an essay I ve ever read Though Brodsky won the Nobel Prize in 1987, primarily on the basis of his poetry and on his reputation as a Soviet dissident who so rankled the Politburo Boys that they threw him out of the country , I think his essays may well prove to be hisenduring achievement His other collection, Less Than One, is also very strong, but I find On Grief and Reason has a bitrange in topics On Grief and Reason is a collection of twenty one essays, all but one written since 1986 Of these, some are without question on a par with the best of his earlier collection, Less Than One In Spoils of War, for instance an essay classical in form, light in touch Brodsky continues the amusing and sometimes poignant story of his youth, using those traces of the West corned beef cans and shortwave radios as well as movies and jazz that found their way through the Iron Curtain to explore the mea On Grief and Reason is a collection of twenty one essays, all but one written since 1986 Of these, some are without question on a par with the best of his earlier collection, Less Than One In Spoils of War, for instance an essay classical in form, light in touch Brodsky continues the amusing and sometimes poignant story of his youth, using those traces of the West corned beef cans and shortwave radios as well as movies and jazz that found their way through the Iron Curtain to explore the meaning of the West to Russians Given the imaginative intensity with which they pored over these artifacts, Brodsky suggests, Russians of his generation were the real Westerners, perhaps the only ones The breadth of the essays is impressive with some that touched on topics unfamiliar to me while others were closer to home Homage to Marcus Aurelius is a vision of the man that only someone with a poetic imagination could obtain Brodsky sees through the ages into the loneliness and endurance of a good ruler He ends the essay with the most appropriate words, those of Marcus Aurelius himself This collection of essays is valuable for insight and inspiration, and I return to it as I do with any classic anticipating further encouragement on the road to wisdom The strength of this collection is in the essays on literary analysis Brodsky is a technically astute poet who dissects Hardy, Horace and Frost with thought provoking insight The essay on Spender is really entertaining and autobiographical Most of the essays revolve prominently on poetry, or on his migration experience and acquiring a new Lingua Franca Some essays are inspirational to motivate young writers and poets and so on The essay A Cat s Meow is so awful I had to skip it Brodsky a The strength of this collection is in the essays on literary analysis Brodsky is a technically astute poet who dissects Hardy, Horace and Frost with thought provoking insight The essay on Spender is really entertaining and autobiographical Most of the essays revolve prominently on poetry, or on his migration experience and acquiring a new Lingua Franca Some essays are inspirational to motivate young writers and poets and so on The essay A Cat s Meow is so awful I had to skip it Brodsky attempts to discuss the creative process but the effect is a robotic analysis of creativity that tangents off all over the place It s a disaster It s the only essay I didn t like and skipped.Brodsky has an interesting way of using English, which makes the reading experience both charming and easy to follow If you like any of the poets mentioned here, or good essays in general, this is a recommended read Brilliant, witty, entertaining.Makes great reading for anyone who is a little bit down in the dumps Here s a gem from In Praise of Boredom p.111 , a commencement address in which Brodsky demonstrates how boredom teaches us to understand time and our own utter insignificance what s good about boredom, about anguish and the sense of the meaninglessness of your own, of everything else s existence, is that it is not a deception Try to embrace, or let yourself be embraced by, boredom Brilliant, witty, entertaining.Makes great reading for anyone who is a little bit down in the dumps Here s a gem from In Praise of Boredom p.111 , a commencement address in which Brodsky demonstrates how boredom teaches us to understand time and our own utter insignificance what s good about boredom, about anguish and the sense of the meaninglessness of your own, of everything else s existence, is that it is not a deception Try to embrace, or let yourself be embraced by, boredom and anguish, which anyhow are larger than youas the poet said, Believe your pain This awful bear hug is no mistake Nothing that disturbs you is Remember all along that there is no embrace in this world that won t finally unclasp If you find all this gloomy, you don t know what gloom is Classic Hoy d a se halla muy extendida la opini n de que el escritor deber a utilizar en su obra el lenguaje de la calle, el lenguaje de la masa Pese a su apariencia democr tica y a sus evidentes ventajas para el escritor, tal consigna representa un intento bastante absurdo de subordinar el arte a la historia La literatura deber a hablar el lenguaje de la gente solo en el caso de que queramos que el Homo sapiens detenga su evoluci n De lo contrario, es la gente la que deber a hablar el lenguaje de lHoy d a se halla muy extendida la opini n de que el escritor deber a utilizar en su obra el lenguaje de la calle, el lenguaje de la masa Pese a su apariencia democr tica y a sus evidentes ventajas para el escritor, tal consigna representa un intento bastante absurdo de subordinar el arte a la historia La literatura deber a hablar el lenguaje de la gente solo en el caso de que queramos que el Homo sapiens detenga su evoluci n De lo contrario, es la gente la que deber a hablar el lenguaje de la literatura. Hands down the most enjoyable book I have read,I have had a wry wee grin on my face for the past week because of Brodsky.He turns a cocophany of thoughts into a clear narrative that will had me wondering if I should have Studied literature and philosophy instead of engineering.Thanks for recommending this goodreads I realize that i im a Mongol addressing a algorithm . *Free Pdf ✘ On Grief and Reason: Essays ⇨ In this richly diverse collection of essays, Joseph Brodsky casts a reflective eye on his experiences of early life in Russia and exile in America With dazzling erudition, he explores subjects as varied as the dynamic of poetry, the nature of history and the plight of the migr writer There is also the humorous tale of a disastrous trip to Brazil, advice to students, a homage to Marcus Aurelius and studies of Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, Horace and others The second volume of essays following Less Than One, this collection includes Brodsky sNobel Lecture, Uncommon Visage Mexican Immigration to the United States: A Study of Human Migration and Adjustment Joseph Brodsky casts a reflective eye on his experiences of early life in Russia and exile in America With dazzling erudition The Carnival of the Animals he explores subjects as varied as the dynamic of poetry Izbrana proza the nature of history and the plight of the migr writer There is also the humorous tale of a disastrous trip to Brazil Third Mate (River Wolf Pack, advice to students Third Mate a homage to Marcus Aurelius and studies of Robert Frost The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Think Thomas Hardy Los enemigos íntimos de la democracia Horace and others The second volume of essays following Less Than One Gamification In Human Resources this collection includes Brodsky sNobel Lecture Gamification In Human Resources Uncommon Visage 3.5 5 Russian fatalism is inspiring It helps one to hover over the tragedies, absurdities and stupidities of life from the safe distance of self detachment The actual distance to these three might feel too far or might feel too near It can either be something that happened thousands of years or miles away from you or it could be something that is happening right here right now in your family That s why the word safe is the key in that sentence it means you re detached enough to be able to reas Russian fatalism is inspiring It helps one to hover over the tragedies, absurdities and stupidities of life from the safe distance of self detachment The actual distance to these three might feel too far or might feel too near It can either be something that happened thousands of years or miles away from you or it could be something that is happening right here right now in your family That s why the word safe is the key in that sentence it means you re detached enough to be able to reason, but in a distance safe enough not to become indifferent and to stop caring.That s Brodsky s style of looking at the world Reading Brodsky doesn t feel like reading at all it feels like a conversation with an incredibly cultured and cultivated man about everything important in your and his life I spent most of the time with him during my lunchtime And it was a pleasure to sit next to the fountains outside my office, for an hour every working day, and hear the water and Brodsky s thoughts flow through me He told me about the true meaning of freedom, of individual sovereignty, of beauty of poetry, and of grief and reason.He told me about his youth in Leningrad, when he and his friends dreamt deeply and daily about the Western freedom They dreamt about it so intensely that maybe, the freedom that we achieved in our small circle in Leningrad, was bigger and better than the freedom offered in the West itself , Brodsky says This made me wonder, can a person who never lived or never encountered Russia, fully understand what Brodsky means by this What s also incomprehensible about Brodsky is how a Russian poet managed to become a master of the English prose In times, when even access to Russian English dictionaries was scarce in USSR Brodsky, a non native English speaker, tamed the English language to the level that was accepted and worshipped by the leading authors of the time by W.H.Auden, C.P Snow, Spendler and others Can this be explained by his insatiable love for language Undoubtedly He spends pages dissecting and explaining why a poet Robert Frost used this word and not the other in his poems Every word matters to a poet, because every word has a precise feeling For a writer only one form of patriotism exists his attitude toward language What is a poet other than a lover of language s intricacies While sitting and sipping my coffee next to the fountains during the lunch break, Brodsky taught me how to love language and since we both share Russian as our native tongue and both taught ourselves English through Shakespeare and Milton this conversation became very intimate He was exiled from Russia and I, though not exiled but living far from home, felt a close connection to his often bitter feelings about our homeland For both of us, Russian language acts as a shield against the melancholic nostalgia about homeland we left It s what keeps us connected not to the physical place or its politics, but to what it truly embodies a powerful, exceptional, undefeatable culture From Pushkin and Tchaikovsky to Mandelshtam and Shostakovich There is a lot of digression in this review as there is a lost of digressions in Brodsky s prose But they always connect or reveal something deep and subconscious I can t think of an English poet or an author who mastered Russian to the level Brodsky mastered English And, if English is your native tongue you must read Brodsky to realise that the bridges between civilisations are not built by bricks, but are built by words