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Fri, Aug. 25th, 2006, 01:00 am
cyn0sure: kreutzer sonata

thanks for the welcome enigmaticae. i was wondering if the people here could help me out. im currently a private candidate for the 'A' levels, and i have to do a study on several of Hughes' poems. help please! all by myself! thought you lot could give me some insight on the poems that i haven't a clue about.

thanks mateys.

kreutzer sonata

Now you have stabbed her good
A flower of unknown colour of appallingly
Blackened by your surplus of bile
Blooms wetly on her dress.

'Your mystery! Your mystery!...'
All facts, with all absence of facts,
Exhale as the wound there
Drinks its roots and breathes them to nothing.

Vile copulation! Vile! - etcetera.
But now your dagger had outdone everybody's.
Say goodbye, for your wife's sweet flesh goes off,
Booty of the envious spirit's assault.

A sacrifice, not a murder.
One hundred and forty pounds
Of excellent devil, for God.
She tormented Ah demented you.

With that fat lizard Trukachevsky,
That fiddling, leering penis.
Yet why should you castrate yourself
To be rid of them both?

Now you have stabbed her good
Trukachevsky is cut off
From any further operation on you.
And she can find nobody else.

Rest in peace, Tolstoy!
It must have taken supernatural greed
To need to corner all the meat in the world,
Even from your own hunger.

*ok, big help needed. i don't have a clue on how to analyze this poem. it seems rather morbid and he mentions leo tolstoy, what is the link? is this related to his own authorial abilities and those of similar skill? and who or what one arth is 'Trukachevsky'? help me out here, anyone? thanks a million.

Mon, Sep. 4th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)

oh! sorry i didn't see your post here
did you still need some help?--let me know, ok?


Tue, Sep. 5th, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)

i need all the help i can get!!!! lol. my exams are in november. there's several other poems as well. help greatly appreciated. thanks.

Sat, Mar. 10th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)

I am probably too late for this, but I believe Hughes is referring to Tolstoy's story "The Kreuzer Sonata" which concerns a man obsessed by his wife's adultery with another musician. They both play the Kreuzer Sonata together. There were a lot of comments in the story that were quite misogynistic and Tolstoy was probably expressing some of his own personal insecurities. His wife hated the story and hated transcribing it. Anyway, he kills his rival.

Tolstoy drafted this story eight times which suggests how personally important it was to him to get it right.

Sat, Mar. 10th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)

Furthermore, there is another layer involved as Tolstoy himself is referring to the musical work by Beethoven. I have it on CD and don't quite feel the emotional madness conjured up in Tolstoy's story but that's just me I suppose.