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06.06.2016

Valentina Polukhina remarks at Joseph Brodsky unveiling ceremony (Keele University, 6 June 2016)

Brodsky at Keele

After Joseph Brodsky was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1972 he won a Guggenheim Fellowship (1977-78), the Nobel Prize for Literature (1987), became American Poet Laureate (1991-92), and an honorary citizen of St Petersburg (1995).
Brodsky was the first Russian port to take an active part in the literary life of the West: he gave readings and lectures in dozens of American and European universities. As Seamus Heaney put it, “Brodsky emerges as a kind of one-man ozone layer, protecting and enhancing the possibility of poetic life in our times”.
Keele University was one of the first British universities that he visited in 1978. He gave a lecture on W.H.Auden and a poetry reading. In 1980 when I was working on her PhD on his poetry, I spent five months attending his lectures and seminars at Michigan University where he was teaching. Since then I was in regular contact with him. He kindly answered all here questions. His second visit to Keele University took place in 1985. But he visited Great Britain every year. Brodsky was undoubtedly an Anglophile. He loved English literature and the English language. He wrote his essays and some of his poems in English. He visited places of well-known English people, went to Wellington, where John Donne brought cucumbers to London; Leighton Bromswold where George Herbert was a priest; sat under the apple tree where Newton had the Law of Gravity revealed to him. He visited places connected with his beloved Auden. Brodsky knew by heart lots of poems by European and American poets. He read a lot, never leaving home without a book in his pocket, having come up with the aphorism: “Liberty is the right to go to the library”. Brodsky drew inspiration form Pushkin, Donne and Dante at different times and in different degrees. Brodsky wrote the personal into the social, and the social into a general project of the universe. He is our modern Pushkin: I has written and edited 17 books about Brodsky to prove this point. As some of you would know, Pushkin’s granddaughter lived on the Keele estate for 10 years (1901-1910), that is one more reason to bring two great Russian poets together. Thanks to everybody who helped to achieve this.




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