Excerpt from The Adolescence of Zhenya Luvers
Though Pasternak's poetry is difficult and at times obscure, he became the favorite poet of Soviet intellec tual-s, and there is little doubt that he is one of the lead ing poets of our time. The obscurity of his work, its individualism and concern for personal subjectivity made much of his work unacceptable to orthodox Soviet critics, who attacked him for formalism and alienation from the mass es. Apparently driven from original creation by the hostile pressure of his critics, Pasternak turned to translation, producing excellent versions of several of Shakespeare's plays as Well as selections from Ameri can and Georgian poets. He took advantage of the some what more lenient atmosphere of the time of the Second World War to publish two new original collections: On Early Trains (1943) and The Terrestrial Expanse which show a certain simplification and greater direct ness by comparison with his earlier work. But in 1946 the critics launched a new attack, and thereafter he published no poetry except in translation.
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