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Selected Poems of Anna Akhmatova
     

Selected Poems of Anna Akhmatova

by Anna Akhmatova, Roberta Reeder, Judith Hemschemeyer
 

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ISBN-10: 0939010615

ISBN-13: 9780939010615

Pub. Date: 10/01/2000

Publisher: Zephyr Press

A companion to The Complete Poems, this collection offers in a bilingual format some of the Russian poet’s most intense and lyrical moments, while retaining a preface by Roberta Reeder and accompanying notes for Judith Hemschemeyer’s translations. "We needn’t worry again about how to read Akhmatova in translation."—The Observer

Overview

A companion to The Complete Poems, this collection offers in a bilingual format some of the Russian poet’s most intense and lyrical moments, while retaining a preface by Roberta Reeder and accompanying notes for Judith Hemschemeyer’s translations. "We needn’t worry again about how to read Akhmatova in translation."—The Observer (London) "In this restrained and accurate translation ... the sense and message strike with all the weight of the original." —New York Times Book Review

Judith Hemschemeyer began translating Akhmatova in 1976. She is a professor at the University of Central Florida, and has published several books of poetry and translations. Roberta Reeder has taught at Harvard and Yale and is the author of Akhmatova’s biography, Anna Akhmatova: Poet & Prophet.

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A companion to The Complete Poems, this collection offers some of the Russian poet's most intense and lyrical moments in bilingual format, while retaining a preface by Roberta Reeder and accompanying notes for Judith Hemschemeyer's translations. "We needn't worry again about how to read Akhmatova in translation." -The Observer (London) "In this restrained and accurate translation ... the sense and message strike with all the weight of the original." -New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780939010615
Publisher:
Zephyr Press
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Translator's Preface1
"Mirrors and Masks: The Life and Poetic Works of Anna Akhmatova"7
from Evening
In Tsarskoye Selo
1."They're leading the horses..."29
2."...And there's my marble double..."31
3."A dark-skinned youth wandered..."31
"Under her dark veil she wrung her hands..."33
"The heart's memory of the sun grows faint..."35
The Song of the Last Meeting37
"When you're drunk it's so much fun..."39
The Gray-Eyed King41
He loved...43
"The park was filled with light mist..."45
"And when we had cursed each other..."47
"At the new moon he abandoned me..."49
from Rosary
Outing51
"We are all carousers and loose women here..."53
"How many demands the beloved can make!"55
"We met for the last time..."57
"It drags on forever--this heavy, amber day!"59
"I've learned to live simply, wisely..."61
Confession63
"Under the icon, a threadbare rug..."65
The Guest67
from White Flock
Solitude69
"They are flying, they are still on their way..."71
"There is a sacred boundary between those who are close..."73
"For us to lose freshness of words..."75
"Somewhere there is a simple life..."77
July 1914
1."It smells of burning..."79
2."The sweet smell of juniper..."81
In Memoriam, July 19, 191483
"I don't know if you're living or dead..."85
"The twenty-first. Night. Monday..."87
"I dream of him less often now, thank God..."89
"How I love, how I loved to look..."91
from Plantain
"I am listening to the orioles' ever mournful voice..."93
"Now no one will listen to songs..."95
"Over the snowdrift's hard crust..."97
"And when in suicidal anguish..."99
from Anno Domini Mcmxxi
Petrograd, 1919101
"I am not with those who abandoned their land..."103
"Submissive to you? You're out of your mind!"105
"He whispers: 'I'm not sorry..."107
Lot's Wife109
Michal111
"Everything has been plundered..."113
"Terror, fingering things in the dark..."115
"Today is the nameday of Our Lady of Smolensk..."117
Apparition119
from Reed
"I hid my heart from you..."121
The Poet123
Voronezh127
"Wild honey smells like freedom..."129
Requiem131
Cleopatra153
Dante155
The Last Toast157
Mayakovsky in 1913159
from Seventh Book
"The first lighthouse flashed over the jetty..."161
Creation163
"I don't need martial hosts arrayed in odes..."165
"Probably much still remains..."165
To the Memory of a Friend167
"I haven't been here for seven hundred years..."169
"When the moon lies like a slice of Chardush melon..."171
"Those lynx eyes of yours, Asia..."173
Cinque
1."As if on the rim of a cloud..."175
2."Sounds die away in the ether..."177
3."For so long I hated..."177
4."You know yourself that I'm not going to celebrate..."179
5."We hadn't breathed the poppies' somnolence..."179
The Burnt Notebook181
"You invented me. There is no such earthly being..."183
"Don't be afraid--I can still portray..."185
One More Toast187
from Odd Number
Seaside Sonnet189
The Last One191
Native Land193
The Last Rose195
To the Memory of V.S. Sreznevskaya197
Northern Elegies199
Uncollected Poems and Fragments
1904-1917
"In the corner an old man resembling a ram..."221
"Some great misfortune happened to me here..."223
"You, the leader, standing by the spring..."225
White Night227
1919-1941
"In the city of the gatekeeper of paradise..."229
"It would be so easy to abandon this life..."231
"Why did you poison the water..."233
Imitation from the Armenian235
To the Memory of M.B.237
Belated Reply239
1941-May 1945
"De profundis... My generation tasted little honey..."241
September 1945-1956
"I wouldn't have known how the quince tree blossoms..."243
"Everyone left and no one returned..."245
Festive Song247
"Others go off with their loved ones..."249
1957-1966
"They will forget?--How astonishing!"251
"I was captivated by mistake..."253
Creation255
"You are to live, but I, not very much longer..."257
"These praises for me are not due to rank..."259
Listening to Singing261
The Publication of a Book263
The North265
Christmastime (December 24)267
Notes to Poems269
Notes to "Mirrors and Masks"283
Russian Table of Contents291
Biographical Notes294

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