from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Akhmatova, Anna Pseudonym of Anna Andreevna Gorenko. 1889-1966. Russian poet whose work is characterized by personal themes and noted for its lyrical beauty. Banned by the Soviet government from 1946 to 1958, she is considered the greatest Russian woman poet.


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  • Respect for the Word was a Acmeist principle and Akhmatova is seen as a true keeper of the Word:

    Anna Akhmatova

  • This morning, when I was flipping through The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova, a book I ordered online after a Toronto writer told me Akhmatova is required reading, I came upon a photo entitled Slepnyovo, 1913, taken 12 years prior to the banning of her poetry in the Soviet Union.

    Causing a Scene – Brenda Schmidt

  • Akhmatova is a Russian poet who died in 1966 and is considered one of the best Russian poets.

    The Wait is Over « So Many Books

  • Verse really does, in Akhmatova's words, grow from rubbish; the roots of prose are no more honorable.

    Joseph Brodsky - Nobel Lecture

  • I often recall Akhmatova's poem about her neighbor, a small boy in Leningrad, who begged for bread:

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • I just can't see why Perloff calls Akhmatova's poems "astonishingly modernist" while A.A. is traditionally regarded as the most conservative poet of the Great Four. AHKMATOVIANA.

  • Polonsky also picks up on the more melancholic ironies of Russian history, for example, the fact that the Soviet regime actually did much to venerate the work of writers such as Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Pasternak and Tsvetayeva, whose work it was trying to repress.

    The St. Petersburg Times

  • Brodsky's sentence was commuted after a year and a half thanks to international and domestic outrage Akhmatova led the campaign and Shostakovich became involved.

    A World Fiercely Observed

  • He was conversant with details of hockey in Russia that very few sportswriters would know, and he also was familiar with the work of my favorite poet, Anna Akhmatova.

    Steve Kettmann: There Will Never Be Another One Like You, George Vecsey

  • Shivani: In "For Anna Akhmatova," you wonder: "Was her exigent Muse the despised dictator/who censored, exiled, starved, imprisoned, murdered,/hurting the prodigy of birch and willow/into her late genius of debridement?"

    Anis Shivani: Poetry As a Bridge Across Cultures: Anis Shivani Interviews Marilyn Hacker


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