SELECTED POEMS by Anna Akhmatova


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Already slightly known here through translation from the Russian, the late poet's work is presented in a fine selection. The clarity and force of the poems come through in the translation by Richard McKane as a bit reminiscent of ancient Japanese poetry and remind one also of William Carlos Williams. As co-founder of the Acmiest movement Akhmatova played a part in shaping modern Russian poetry, breaking from Symbolism. There are moving love lyrics and of particular interest are poems like ""Requiem,"" in which the poet speaks of her struggles during the Stalinist era. The poems are incisive, available.

Pub Date: Aug. 21st, 1969
Publisher: Oxford