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Anna Akhmatova (June 23, 1889 - March 5, 1966) is considered by many to be one of the greatest Russian poets of the Silver Age. One of the forefront leaders of the Acmeism movement, which focused on rigorous form and directness of words, she was a master of conveying raw emotion in her portrayals of everyday situations. Her works range from short lyric love poetry to ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published March 6th 2014 by Createspace (first published February 13th 2014)
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Jean
Aug 01, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it
Rosary is Anna Akhmatova's second collection of poems, following closely after "Evening". These poignant poems have been sensitively translated here by Andrey Kneller, who calls her, "One of the forefront leaders of the Acmeist movement which focused on rigorous form and directness of words".

Immediately it was published, Akhmatova's poetry was well received. One critic said, "The strong and clear leading female voice struck a new chord in Russian poetry". Along with Nikolai Gumilev and other poe
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Ray
Mar 29, 2016 Ray rated it really liked it
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Another wonderful volume of short poems. Clear, precise and poignant.

It follows many of the same themes as the other Akhmatova book that I read recently and enjoyed immensely Evening - youth, love, loss, yearning amongst other foibles.

Four stars, shading 4.5 - it did not touch me quite as much as Evening did. Not sure why - perhaps I am inured to its effect.
Speranza
Mar 20, 2016 Speranza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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He marked with coal, as I languished,
A target on my left side
To shoot and free the bird - my anguish
Into the empty night.

Your hand won't tremble in the least,
My dear! I won't suffer long.
The bird - my anguish will soar, released,
To perch and sing its song.

This will cause him to speak aloud,
The one who is home and content:
"A familiar voice, but I can't make it out," -
And lower his eyes again.
Clarissa Simmens
Aug 25, 2014 Clarissa Simmens rated it it was amazing
Akhmatova seems to be speaking personally to us. Her poetry is so vibrant and individual. Andrey Kneller's translation is seamlessly non-intrusive so I bought his edition of my other favorite Russian poet, Marina Tsvetaeva. I am looking forward to reading his translations of other poets in the future.
Nick Traynor
Jul 08, 2016 Nick Traynor rated it liked it
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Such an interesting perspective conveyed by this early 20th century Russian female poet. Awash with references to the cold and to the Neva, it was nonetheless hot with emotion. The poetry was all pre-revolution, and retains the humanity of the Golden Age of Russian literature. I think Anna Akhmatova was a trail-blazer, and her account of human experience certainly resonated with me.
Karen
Jul 09, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
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This volume of poetry is *beautiful*, with the original Russian on the left page, and the English translation on the right. Anna Akhmatova writes with all the humanity, tenderness and timeless insight of the 19th century Russians who preceded her, and who I love so much. Her poetry is very easy to read, and wonderful to read aloud.
Katy
Mar 12, 2014 Katy rated it really liked it
The second of her collection. Thank you to my friend, Andrey, for the collection. I enjoyed it very much. I felt like her voice is getting just slightly darker. Her poetry was always raw but I felt like this work concentrated on how we hurt each other than Evening.
David Sam
New to me

Anna Ahkmatova and her poetry are new to me. Not knowing Russian, i can only speak to the translation. Her poetry reminds me somewhat of Dickinson in her ability to invest the homely and the diurnal with deep emotion and rich meaning.
Elizabeth
One of my favorites. Akhmatova really gets it.
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Aug 31, 2016 Greta rated it liked it
Your words were a delightful lullaby:
They’ve kept me up for three months in a row.
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Also known as: Анна Ахматова, Anna Ahmatova, Anna Achmatowa

Pen name of Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, a Russian modernist poet, credited as one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon.

Akhmatova's work ranges from short lyric poems to universalized, ingeniously structured cycles, such as Requiem (1935-40), her tragic masterpiece about the Stalinist terror. Her work addresses a variety of theme
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