Explanation and analysis of Anna Akhmatova’s poem cycle “Requiem,” including overviews of the major groupings, trends, and overall themes. To avoid persecution by Stalin, Anna Akhmatova burnt her writings and memorised the words of her poem Requiem. By doing so she ensured. Anna Akhmatova. Requiem. No foreign sky protected me, no stranger’s wing shielded my face. I stand as witness to the common lot, survivor of that time, that.

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One day somebody in the crowd identified me. This publication system — still pre-Gutenberg — was called samizdator self-publishing, in contrast to the alternative tamizdator publishing abroad, which involved smuggling photocopied manuscripts to the West and having them published there and smuggled back.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: Annz using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The cold of an icon was on your lips, a death-cold sweat On your brow – I will never forget this; I will gather To wail with the wives of the murdered streltsy 1 Inconsolably, beneath the Kremlin towers.

Requiem – Poem by Anna Akhmatova

The work in Russian finally appeared in book amhmatova in Munich inthe whole work not published within the USSR until In this sense, religion has been replace with a stark reality. This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site.

Because even in blissful death I fear to lose the clangor of the Black Marias, to lose the banging of that odious gate and the old crone howling like a wounded beast. Very good poem to read. It also allows her to transcend her personal circumstances in a mythical, and supernatural way.


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Although the work possesses no conventionally defined plot, the ten internal numbered poems form a chronological revelation that documents the suffering of the Russian people during the years of Stalinist terror. We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.

This is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. Akhmatova had made a name for herself in the pre-revolutionary era, coming to be known as the Russian Sappho, and this made her automatically suspect in the new world ushered in by the Russian Revolution.

BBC – Culture – Requiem: How a poem resisted Stalin

And Russia, guiltless, beloved, writhed under the crunch of bloodstained boots, under the wheels of Black Marias. Children were crying in the darkened house.

How long I wait and wait. How long till execution?

Requiem: How a poem resisted Stalin

Listen, even in blissful death I fear That I will forget the Black Marias, Forget how hatefully the reqyiem slammed and an old woman Howled like a wounded beast. Whisk the lamps away. Undeterred, Akhmatova wrote the requiwm anyway, weaving together her experience of standing outside the prison with other desperate woman, hoping to catch a glimpse of a loved one or an encouraging piece of news, with other impressions of life under Stalin.

It is important for the readers to know that because it is almost always a piece that people are looking for. The requime now has a sense of purpose, to be the witness for the crowds of people that would otherwise be erased into a nameless faceless blur, devoid of identity, of voice for what has transpired. Rather than church and religion being the means of hope, salvation, and a beacon of comfort, only the news of incarcerated loved ones has any bearing on their lives.


Requiem is often said to have no clearly definable plot but has many themes which carry throughout the entire poem. As the son is taken away, she walks behind as if it is a funeral procession. Epilogue I I have learned how faces fall to bone, how under the eyelids terror akhmatovw how suffering inscribes on cheeks the hard lines of its cuneiform texts, how glossy black or ash-fair locks turn overnight to tarnished silver, how smiles fade on submissive lips, and fear quavers in a dry titter.

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Akhmatova came to learn that worse than a regime indifferent to poetry, was one obsessed with it. When Anna Akhmatova began working on her long poem Requiem sometime in the s, she knew that she would not be allowed to publish it.

This section concludes with Akhmatova describing how no one can take away the important things that go unnoticed such as a touch, a look, visits, etc. Critics hold various opinions about why Akhmatova incorporated these personages who are closely associated with Catholic religious ahkmatova, and about whom significant people in the poet’s life each figure represents.

I’m sure many mothers and other family members in other parts of the world can relate to the darkness she so powerfully describes.