Who is Anna Akhmatova

Anna Andreyevna Gorenko[Notes 1] (23 June [O.S. 11 June] 1889 – 5 March 1966), better known by the pen name Anna Akhmatova (/ɑːkˈmɑːtɔːvə/; Russian: Анна Ахматова, IPA: [ɐxˈmatəvə]), was one of the most significant Russian poets of the 20th century. She was shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in 1965 and received second-most (three) nominations for the award the following year.

Akhmatova's work ranges from short lyric poems to intricately structured cycles, such as Requiem (1935–40), her tragic masterpiece about the Stalinist terror. Her style, characterised by its economy and emotional restraint, was strikingly original and distinctive to her contemporaries. The strong and clear leading female voice struck a new chord in Russian p...
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Anna Akhmatova Poems

  • In Memory Of M. B.
    Here is my gift, not roses on your grave,
    not sticks of burning incense.
    You lived aloof, maintaining to the end
    your magnificent disdain. ...
  • As A White Stone
    As a white stone in the well's cool deepness,
    There lays in me one wonderful remembrance.
    I am not able and don't want to miss this:
    It is my torture and my utter gladness. ...
  • Along The Hard Crust...
    Along the hard crust of deep snows,
    To the secret, white house of yours,
    So gentle and quiet -- we both
    Are walking, in silence half-lost. ...
  • And Pushkin's Exile Had
    And Pushkin's exile had begun right here,
    And Lermontov's expulsion had been "canceled."
    There is the easy grasses' scent on highland.
    And only once it chanced to me to see it -- ...
  • For Osip Mandelstam
    And the town is frozen solid in a vice,
    Trees, walls, snow, beneath a glass.
    Over crystal, on slippery tracks of ice,
    the painted sleighs and I, together, pass. ...
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  • Pimentothree: poetry reading to begin day...anna akhmatova (1889-1966) knew what a prince is like,, in a bad way...
  • Matacabrera: "if i can't have love, if i can't find peace, / give me a bitter glory." - anna akhmatova-
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