Doctor Zhivago - Part 2: Chapter 17 The Poems of Yuri Zhivago Summary & Analysis

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Part 2: Chapter 17 The Poems of Yuri Zhivago Summary

The poems section consists of twenty-four pieces, supposedly the collection that Gordon and Dudorov read at the end of the epilogue. This could also be the work published after Dr. Zhivago's death in Moscow. Themes expand on the novel and Yuri's character or compress complexity into verse.

Pasternak writes Yuri's take on poetry within the story, so the poetry follows structure within the Russian language because Yuri understands the power of meter and rhyme. He does not write free verse. However, in English translation the meter and rhyme cannot be accurately recreated. This is not the fault of the poet or translator, but an unfortunate condition of a world with many different languages, all with their unique characteristics.

The best that can be accomplished is to bring the meanings to light...

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