Podcast: ‘Silentium!’ by Fyodor Tyutchev

This is the first in a new series of videos/podcasts drawing upon what I have written and published here at Culturedallroundman.com. The podcast returns to the very first piece I published back on my old WordPress.com site, on Fyodor Tyutchev’s 1830 poem ‘Silentium!’. I expand upon Tyutchev’s life, before reading his poem in Vladimir Nabokov’s translation, published with New Directions in 1944 in Three Russian Poets: Pushkin, Lermontov, Tyutchev.

The images in the video above include: a painting of Tyutchev by Stepan Aleksandrovsky; a postcard illustrating Munich’s Justizpalast in the 1800s; editions of Pushkin’s literary journal Современник (‘The Contemporary’), founded in 1836; photographs of Saint Petersburg’s canals and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral in the 1800s;  and a plaque in Munich dedicated to Tyutchev, recounting his time spent in the city.

I intend to post a new one of these every few weeks, with other content to come via YouTube. The podcast is also available to listen to and download via SoundCloud.