Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova (än´nə əkhmä´təvə), pseud. of Anna Andreyevna Gorenko (əndrā´əvnə gôryĕng´kô), 1888–1966, Russian poet of the Acmeist school. Her brief lyrics, simply and musically written in the tradition of Pushkin, attained great popularity. Her themes were personal, emotional, and often ironic. Among her most popular volumes are Chiotki [the rosary] (1914) and Iva [the willow tree] (1940). She was married to the Acmeist poet Gumilev until 1918. Akhmatova remained silent for two decades. She began publishing again at the outbreak of World War II, after which her writings regained popularity. A courageous critic of Stalinism with a large underground following, she was harshly denounced by the Soviet regime in 1946 and 1957 for "bourgeois decadence."

Bibliography

See her Selected Poems (tr. 1969), Poems of Akhmatova (tr. 1973), and The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova (1990, in Russian and English translation); her autobiographical writings in My Half Century: Selected Prose (1992), ed. by R. Meyer; biographies by A. Haight (1976, repr. 1990), R. Reeder (1995) and E. Feinstein (2006); study by S. N. Driver (1972).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Anna Akhmatova: Selected full-text books and articles

Poem without a Hero and Selected Poems By Anna Akhmatova; Lenore Mayhew; William McNaughton Oberlin College Press, 1989
Women and Russian Culture: Projections and Self- Perceptions By Rosalind Marsh Berghahn Books, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "The Art of Suggesting More: Akhmatova and the Diaphoric Manner"
Russian Talk: Culture and Conversation during Perestroika By Nancy Ries Cornell University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Akhmatova and the Art of Loss" begins on p. 142
Early Soviet Writers By Vyacheslav Zavalishin Praeger, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Anna Akhmatova (Pseudonym of Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, 1888-)" begins on p. 46
The "Telling" Image: Ecphrasis in Russian Acmeist Verse By Rubins, Maria Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 31, No. 2, June 1998
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"ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE": Poetry and Politics in the Time of Stalin By Morse, David Social Education, Vol. 65, No. 4, May 2001
A Reader's Guide to Fifty Modern European Poets By John Pilling Heinemann, 1982
Librarian’s tip: "Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)" begins on p. 197
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