Poems of Anna Andreevna Akhmatovaby Anna Akhmatova, Lyn Coffin, Joesph Brodsky
Pub. Date: 04/17/1983
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
“Most of the lyrics in this volume are true to themselves as English poems and a nearly astonishing percentage are absolutely faithful, as well, to the Russian originals. . . .The Berlin Wall is as nothing compared to the linguistic boundaries separating East and West. The translations in this volume testify to a long-lasting love affair with these boundaries which has borne rich fruit.” Joseph Brodsky
Ever since her death in 1966 Anna Akhmatova has been recognized as the greatest modern Russian poet. A rich and representative selection of Akhmatova’s workfrom her poignant, deeply personal love poems to her haunting laments for the martyrs of the Stalinist purgeshas been newly translated by the American poet Lyn Coffin. In her finely crafted translations Coffin has been uniquely successful in reproducing the directness and striking effects characteristic of Akhmatova’s poetry, and she is the first to remain true to Akhmatova’s rhyme and cadence. The poems are prefaced by a thoughtful introduction by the poet Joseph Brodsky, a friend of Akhmatova in her later years.
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This is a wonderful translation of a brilliant Russian poetess. All of the music of Akhmatova's words comes through -- all of her meter and rhyme, and even her characteristic adoption of the characters she creates. She writes of fleeting moments, split instances, and details them so beautifully that it's impossible not to see the pictures she paints.