Roman Jakobson (essay date 1935)
SOURCE: "Marginal Notes on the Prose of the Poet Pasternak," in Language in Literature, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1987, pp. 301-17.
[In the essay below, which was originally published in German in 1935, Jakobson delineates how Pasternak's poetic disposition affected his prose works, lending insight into Pasternak's short fiction. Jakobson concludes, "Pasternak's prose is the characteristic prose of a poet in a great age of poetry."]
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