Soviet Union: A Depot of Metaphors

When The Shadow of Sound, a small volume of poetry, went on sale in Moscow a few weeks ago, the first shipment of 10,000 copies was sold out within two hours. That frenzied response was merely one more proof of the excitement that is generated by Andrei Voznesensky, who at 37 is among the best—and most talked about—of the Soviet Union's younger poets.

Since he first began to publish his poetry twelve years ago, Voznesensky has been sharply rebuked by Nikita Khrushchev and dismissed by conservative critics as a "formalist"—a derogatory term for a Soviet writer who allows himself to...

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