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The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova by Anna Akhmatova
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Anna Akhmatova
“This cruel age has deflected me,
like a river from this course.
Strayed from its familiar shores,
my changeling life has flowed
into a sister channel.
How many spectacles I've missed:
the curtain rising without me,
and falling too. How many friends
I never had the chance to meet.”
Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova
“And this tenderness was not like
That which a certain poet
At the beginning of the century called true
And, for some reason, quiet. No, not at all—
It rang out, like the first waterfall,
It crunched like the crust of bluish ice
And it prayed with a swanlike voice,
And it broke down right before our eyes.”
Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova
“We learned not to meet anymore,
We don't raise our eyes to one another,
But we ourselves won't guarantee
What could happen to us in an hour.”
Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova
“You will hear thunder and remember me,
And think: she wanted storms. The rim
Of the sky will be the colour of hard crimson,
And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire.”
Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova
“We don't know how to say goodbye,
We wander on, shoulder to shoulder
Already the sun is going down
You're moody, and I am your shadow.
Let's step inside a church, hear prayers, masses for the dead
Why are we so different from the rest?
Outside in the graveyard we sit on a frozen branch.

That stick in your hand is tracing
Mansions in the snow in which we will always be together.”
Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova
“All that I am hangs by a thread tonight”
Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova


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