Poems of Akhmatova

ISBN-10: 0395860032

ISBN-13: 9780395860038

Edition: 1997

Authors: Stanley Kunitz, Max Hayward, Anna Andreevena Akhmatova, Max Hayward, Anna Andreevena Akhmatova

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Witness to the international and domestic chaos of the first half of the twentieth century, Anna Akhmatova (1888-1966) chronicled Russia's troubled times in poems of sharp beauty and intensity. Her genius is now universally acknowledged, and recent biographies attest to a remarkable resurgence of interest in her poetry in this country. Here is the essence of Akhmatova - a landmark selection and translation, including excerpts from "Poem with a Hero."
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/30/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770

Stanley Kunitz was born in July 1905 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated summa cum laude in 1926 from Harvard Collegeand earned a master's degree in English from Harvard the following year. After Harvard, he went to work as a reporter for the Worcester Telegram and as an editor for the H.W. Wilson Company where he was co-editor for Twentieth Century Authors and other reference books. After W.W. II he began a teaching career at several known colleges such as: Bennington College, New York State Teachers College in Potsdam, New York and New School of Social Research, Universty of Washington. His poems started to appear in Poetry, Commonweal, and The New Republic. Some of his most popular collections of poems are - Intellectual Things, Passport to the War, and Passing Through: The Later Poems. His most recent honors include the Harvard Centennial Medal (1992), the National Medal of Arts (1993), and an "In Celebration of Writers" award from Poets & Writers (1999). He continued to write and publish as later as 2005. He died in May 2006.

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.

All Of Moscow Is Soaked With Verses And, In Books
I Always Liked Around My Neck Are Rosary Strands As For Saying Goodbye
We Don't Know How As I Die
I Long For Immortality As If Through A Straw
You Drink My Soul Beyond The Lake
The Moon's Stopped In Space Boris Pasternak The Breakup
The Breakup
Broad And Yellow Is The Evening Light Cinque
Cleopatra Dante A Doer Of Nothing
I Came Here-why Not? Don't Threaten Me With A Terrible Fate During Each Day-today
Tomorrow- Earthly Fame's Like Smoke
I Guess- Fear, Fingering Objects
In The Dark The First Long-range
Artillery Shell In Leningrad Fisherman Housewarming
The Betrayal Housewarming
The Guests Housewarming
The Hostess Housewarming
The Tryst I Asked A Nearby Cuckoo To Say I Called Deathdown
On The Heads Of Those I Cherished I Hear The Oriole's Voice
Clear and Distressed I Learned A Simple and Wise Existence
I Live Like A Cuckoo In A Clock I Pressed My Hands Together Under Cover
I See On The Customs House A Faded Flag
If The Lunar Horror Splashes Around In 1940
In The Woods Inscription On A Portrait It Seems That The Voice We Humans Own It's Not With A Lover's Lyre
Not At All The Last Rose The Last Toast Late At Night
Monday, The Twenty-third Like A White Stone
In The Depths Of A Well Listening To Singing
The Loss Of True Feelings And Words Renders Us Lot's Wife Masquerade
In The Park Memories Of The Sun Fade As My Heart Grows Numb Midnight -
Pre-spring Elegy Midnight
The First Warning Midnight
Through The Looking-glass Midnight
Thirteen Lines Midnight
The Call Midnight
Night Visit Midnight
And The Last One Midnight
Verses: Instead Of A Dedication Midnight
Verses: Instead Of An Afterword The Muse Music My Voice Is Weak
My Will Doesn't Weaken Though On The Hard Crests Of The Snowdrifts
That Lead One Travels Straight Ahead
The Other Over The Water Prayer Pusscat, Watch Out, An Embroidered Owl Quatrain Sequence
Quatrain Sequence
Quatrain Sequence
Quatrain Sequence: My Name Quatrain Sequence: To My Poems Requiem
Requiem 3
Requiem: 4
Requiem: 5
Requiem: Dedication
Requiem: Epilogue 1
Requiem: Epilogue 2
Requiem: Instead Of A Preface
Requiem: Introduction A Ruddy Youth Wandered Forlornly Around Seaside Sonnet The Secrets Of The
Craft: 3, Muse The Secrets Of
The Craft: 6, The Last Poem The Secrets Of
The Craft: 7, Epigram The Secrets Of
The Craft: 9, To Osip Mandelstam The Smell Of Inanimate Things And Flowers Song
About Songs The Song Of The Final Meeting
The Souls Of All My Loved Ones Are On High Stars Suddenly
It Was Quiet Everywhere The Tale Of
The Black Ring: 1 The Tale Of
The Black Ring: 2 The Tale Of
The Black Ring: 3 There's A Sacred Limit To Any Closeness
They Didn't Bring Me A Letter Today This Craft Of Ours
Sacred And Bright The Three Autumns The Three Things He Loved Most In Life
To The Memory Of A Poet: 1
To The Memory Of A Poet: 2
To The Muse Voronezh We're Heavy Drinkers Here, And Women Of Loose %morals-
When A Person Dies When The Moon Is Lying On The Window Sill
Where Nothing Is Needed, I Walk Like A Child While Reading Hamlet
Why Are You Wandering Around So Wild Roses Are Blooming (from A Burned Notebook)
Wild Roses Are Blooming: 4, First Little Song
Wild Roses Are Blooming: 6, The Dream
Wild Roses Are Blooming: 8
Wild Roses Are Blooming: 9, In The Broken Mirror
The Willow You Can Look Straight Into My Room
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