The Word that Causes Death's Defeat: Poems of Memory

The Word that Causes Death's Defeat: Poems of Memory

by Anna Akhmatova
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300103778

ISBN-13: 9780300103779

Pub. Date: 09/27/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966), one of twentieth-century Russia’s greatest poets, was viewed as a dangerous element by post-Revolution authorities. One of the few unrepentant poets to survive the Bolshevik revolution and subsequent Stalinist purges, she set for herself the artistic task of preserving the memory of pre-Revolutionary cultural heritage and of

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Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966), one of twentieth-century Russia’s greatest poets, was viewed as a dangerous element by post-Revolution authorities. One of the few unrepentant poets to survive the Bolshevik revolution and subsequent Stalinist purges, she set for herself the artistic task of preserving the memory of pre-Revolutionary cultural heritage and of those who had been silenced. This book presents Nancy K. Anderson’s superb translations of three of Akhmatova’s most important poems: Requiem, a commemoration of the victims of Stalin’s Terror; The Way of All the Earth, a work to which the poet returned repeatedly over the last quarter-century of her life and which combines Old Russian motifs with the modernist search for a lost past; and Poem Without a Hero, widely admired as the poet’s magnum opus.
Each poem is accompanied by extensive commentary. The complex and allusive Poem Without a Hero is also provided with an extensive critical commentary that draws on the poet’s manuscripts and private notebooks. Anderson offers relevant facts about the poet’s life and an overview of the political and cultural forces that shaped her work. The resulting volume enables English-language readers to gain a deeper level of understanding of Akhmatova’s poems and how and why they were created.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300103779
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/27/2004
Series:
Annals of Communism Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................vii
A Note on Style....................xiii
PART I. Biographical and Historical Background Chapter 1. Youth and Early Fame, 1889-1916....................3
Chapter 2. Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1922....................23
Chapter 3. Outcast in the New Order, 1922-1935....................44
Chapter 4. Terror and the Muse, 1936-1941....................68
Chapter 5. War and Late Stalinism, 1941-1953....................92
Chapter 6. Late Fame and Final Years, 1953-1966....................115
PART II. The Poems Requiem....................135
The Way of All the Earth....................143
Poem Without a Hero....................148
PART III. Critical Essays Bearing the Burden of Witness: Requiem....................181
Forward into the Past: The Way of All the Earth....................194
Rediscovering a Lost Generation: Poem Without a Hero....................203
PART IV. Commentary Commentary on Poem Without a Hero....................235
Appendixes Appendix I. An Early Version of Poem Without a Hero (Tashkent 1942)....................267
Appendix II. Poem Without a Hero: Excerpts from Akhmatova's Notebooks....................280
Notes....................301
Bibliography....................315
Index....................321

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