Contents: Zinaida Hippius’s verse abounds in unexpected and ingenious parallels, contrasts, oxymorons, and comparisons, which
are interlaced with details taken both from Russian folklore and from the most recondite philosophical, psychological, and
theological thought. The solemn emotional overtones of her essentially tragic poems are often relieved by a delightful play
of intellect and occasional sophistry. Hippius was one of the most stimulating minds of her time.