The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

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Initially published in 1990, when the New York Times Book Review named it one of fourteen "Best Books of the Year," Judith Hemschemeyer's translation of The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova is the definitive edition, and has sold over 13,000 copies, making it one of the most successful poetry titles of recent years.

This reissued and revised printing features a new biographical essay as well as expanded notes to the poems, both by Roberta Reeder, project editor and author of Anna Akhmatova: Poet and Prophet (St. Martin's Press, 1994). Encyclopedic in scope, with more than 800 poems, 100 photographs, a historical chronology, index of first lines, and bibliography. The Complete Poems will be the definitive English language collection of Akhmatova for many years to come.

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I haven't read the complete collection, just an edited anthology with Kunitz translating. A slow and languorous howl of a collection - Russian poetry at some of its finest. Intense emotions in sparse words. Leer reseña completa

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A monumestal work. Complete means complete. Hemschemeyer learned Russian for the task and for a non-russian speaker she did a marvelous job. Of the poetry there is no need to speak - from the intimate ... Leer reseña completa

Índice

Translators Preface Judith Hemschemeyer
1
The Life and Poetic Works
17
A Memoir Isaiah Berlin
35
Chronology
57
New Poems and Revisions
63
E VENING
77
The boy who plays the bagpipes
83
Oh strange boy I lost my head
89
One walks in a straight line
465
A SMALL PAGE FROM ANTIQUITY
487
Native Land
493
From a Primeval Poem
501
Fragment from The Russian Trianon 505 Fragment from The Russian Trianon
507
Lyrical Digression on the Seventh Elegy
519
The Way of All the Earth
530
Palmyra
686

A Song
95
I came here an idler
96
Masquerade in the Park
102
Imitation of I F Annensky
108
First Return
116
Three Autumns
448
SWEETBRIER IN BLOSSOM
456
1956
695
I dont have special claims
701
They will forget? How astonishing
711
By turning endings into beginnings
766
Before spring there are days like these
892
Select Bibliography
945
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Sobre el autor (1992)

Anna Akhmatova, 1889 - 1966 Poet Anna Akhmatova was born in 1889 in Bolshoy Fontan near Odessa, Ukraine and was the daughter of a naval engineer. She attended a girls' gymnasium in Tsarskoe Selo, Smolnyi Institute in St. Petersburg, Fundukleevskaia gymnasium (1906), law school (1907), and then moved to St. Petersburg to study literature. When she was 21, she became a member of the Acmeist group of poets, led by Nikolai Gumilev, who she married in 1910 and had one son with, Lev Gumilev. They were divorced in 1918 and that same year she married Vladimir Shileiko. This marriage also failed and she was later married to Nikolai Punin until his death in 1958. Her first husband was executed in 1921 for antirevolutionary activities; afterwards, she entered a period of almost complete poetic silence that lasted until 1940. Akhmatova's first collection of poetry was "Vecher" ("Evening"), which appeared in 1912. Two years later, she gained fame with "Chyotki" ("Rosary" 1914). Her next collections were "Belaya Staya" ("The White Flock" 1917), "Podorozhnik" ("Plantain" 1921) and "Anno Domini MCMXXI (1922). For a brief time during World War II in 1940, several of her poems were published in the literary monthly Zvezda. In 1942, her poem "Courage" appeared on a front page of Pravda. In 1941, following the German invasion, Akhmatova delivered an inspiring radio address to the women of Leningrad. She was evacuated to Tashkent where she read her poems to hospitalized soldiers. In an effort to gain freedom for her son who had been exiled to Siberia, Akhmatova's poems eulogizing Stalin appeared in several issues of the weekly magazine Ogonyok. "Poema Bez Geroya" (Poem Without a Hero, 1963) was begun in Leningrad in 1940 and was revised for over 20 years. It is divided into three parts and has no consistent plot or conventional hero. This poem wasn't published in the Soviet Union until 1976. "Rekviem" (Requiem, 1963) is a poem-cycle that was a literary monument to the victims of Stalin's Terror. The earliest poems were dated 1935 and the remainders were written from 1938-40. Requiem is ten short, numbered poems that deal with her personal experiences following the arrests of her husband, friends and son. The last poem reflects the grief of others who suffered loss during that time of terror. Akhmatova was awarded the Etna-Taormina Price, an international poetry prize awarded in Italy in 1964, and received an honorary doctoral degree from Oxford University in 1965. Anna Akhmatova died in 1966.

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