The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

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Zephyr Press, 1992 - 908 páginas
Akhmatova was recognised as one of the world's great poets after her death in 1966. Refusing to leave Russia when her work was censored and her name attacked she spoke to and for the soul of her people. There are 800 poems and essays in this edition some of which have not been published in English before.

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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

You gave me a difficult youth
152
IV
158
I visited the poet
164
we are beggars we have nothing
173
The skys dark blue lacquer has dimmed
177
The Reply
183
The Lord is not merciful to reapers and gardeners
189
Drowsiness takes me back again
195
Little Song
252
A N N O D O M I N I M C M X X I
259
Why do you wander restlessly?
267
The angel who for three years watched over me
268
Lamentation
275
Oh without tomorrows day
283
on the white threshold of paradise
289
The log bridge is blackened and twisted
292

May Snow
198
How many times Ive cursed
204
I will go there and weariness will fly away
210
I dont know if youre living or dead
216
ADDITIONS
223
Not mystery and not grief
229
Suddenly its become still in the house
237
imple it is clear
243
I havent covered the little window
246
New Years Ballad
298
Inscription on a Book
373
The Poet
379
Dante
395
The Cellar of Memory
399
SECRETS OF THE CRAFT
413
Pushkin
421
226
812
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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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