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2007/01/22

When she was older... unique footage of Anna Akhmatoca (Russia, 1889 - 1966).

this clip _ is the poet but the voice certainly sounds like a russian male reader, but who knows what Anna sounded like in her old age? who knows the reader?

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he Muze
When at night I await her coming,
It seems that life hangs by a strand.
What are honours, what is youth, what is freedom,
Compared to that dear guest with rustic pipe in hand.

And she entered. Drawing aside her shawl
She gazed attentively at me.
I said to her: "Was it you who dictated to Dante
The pages of The Inferno?" She replied: "It was I."

Muza
Kogda ja noč'ju ždu ee prixoda,
Žizn', kažetsja, visit na voloske.
Cto pocesti, cto junost', cto svoboda
Pred miloj gost'ej s dudockoj v ruke.

I vot vošla. Otkinuv pokryvalo,
Vnimatel'no vzgljanula na menja.
Ej govorju: "Ty l' Dantu diktovala
Stranicy Ada?" Otvecaet: "Ja".

Anna Andreyevna Akhmatova was born Anna Gorenko into an upper-class family in Odessa, the Ukraine, in 1889. With her husband, she became a leader of Acmeism, a movement which praised the virtues of lucid, carefully-crafted verse and reacted against the vagueness of the Symbolist style which dominated the Russian literary scene of the period. Akhmatova became a cult figure among the intelligentsia and part of the literary scene in St. Petersburg. She and Nicolai Gumilev divorced in 1918. Akhmatova married twice more, to Vladimir Shileiko in 1918, whom she divorced in 1928, and Nikolai Punin, who died in a Siberian labor camp in 1953. The writer Boris Pasternak who was already married, had proposed her numerous times. There was an unofficial ban on Akhmatova's poetry from 1925 until 1940. During this time, Akhmatova devoted herself to literary criticism, particularly of Pushkin, and translations. Her son, Lev, was arrested in 1949 and held in jail until 1956. To try to win his release, Akhmatova wrote poems in praise of Stalin and the government, but it was of no use. Later she requested that these poems not appear in her collected works. She began writing and publishing again in 1958, but with heavy censorship. Young poets like Joseph Brodsky flocked to her. To them, she represented a link with the pre-Revolutionary past which had been destroyed by the Communists. Though Akhmatova was frequently confronted with official goverment opposition to her work during her lifetime, she was deeply loved and lauded by the Russian people, in part because she did not abandon her country during difficult political times In 1964 she was awarded the Etna-Taormina prize and an honorary doctorate from Oxford University in 1965. Her journeys to Sicily and England to receive these honors were her first travels outside Russia since 1912. Two years before her death at the age of 76, Akhmatova was chosen president of the Writers' Union. Akhmatova died in Leningrad, where she had spent most of life, in 1966. (more) (less)
Category Film & Animation

2007/01/06

mister pessoa

fernandopessoa

is a a poet I ~aint~ read in years. cant say. i remember the member of his reading
reading reading

but i like this one
by Marianne Moore ~
'In Distrust of Merits ~

reader read its worthy of ear eye& hand in.

time turning sown sword to ploughshare ~