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."


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

In a Shattered Mirror: The Later Poetry of Anna Akhmatova
Susan Amert.
Stanford University, 1992
Poem without a Hero and Selected Poems
Anna Akhmatova; Lenore Mayhew; William McNaughton.
Oberlin College Press, 1989
Women and Russian Culture: Projections and Self- Perceptions
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
Nancy Ries.
Cornell University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Akhmatova and the Art of Loss" begins on p. 142
Early Soviet Writers
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
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
Morse, David.
Social Education, Vol. 65, No. 4, May 2001
A Reader's Guide to Fifty Modern European Poets
John Pilling.
Heinemann, 1982
Librarian’s tip: "Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)" begins on p. 197
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