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Zinaida Hippius: Hypatia dvadtsatogo veka- Zinaida Hippius: A Hypatia of the Twentieth Century

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Temira Pachmuss

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.