Anna Akhmatova - Poems

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Translator's Acknowledgements
Publisher's Acknowledgements

Translator's Preface, by Judith Hemschemeyer
Mirrors and Masks: The Life and Poetic Works of Anna Akhmatova, by Roberta Reeder
Anna Akhmatova: A Memoir, by Isaiah Berlin
Chronology
Third Printing (Revised): New Poems and Revisions
Second Edition: New Poems and Revisions
Notes on the Text

Portfolio: Tsarskoye Selo

--Evening (1912)

(ADDITIONS)
--"I pray to the sunbeam from the window. . ."

Two Poems:
--1. "Both sides of the pillow. . ."
--2. "That same voice, that same gaze. . ."

Reading Hamlet:
--1. "Dust rose from the vacant lot. . ."
--2. "And as if by mistake. . ."

--"And when we had cursed each other. . ."
--First Return
--"I wept and repented. . ."
--"At the new moon he abandoned me. . ."
--"Moorka, don't go. . ."

Portfolio: Petersburg

--Rosary (1914)

(ADDITIONS)
--"I led my lover out to the hall. . ."
--"Can you forgive me these November days"
--"I'm not asking for your love. . ."
--"'The palms of your hands are burning. . ."
--"You will live without misfortune. . ."

--White Flock (1917)

(ADDITIONS)
--"And it seems --- a human voice. . ."
--"When, in the gloomiest of capitals. . ."
--"How steep and resounding these bridges are. . ."
--"Why then did I used to hold you in my arms. . ."
--"I was born neither too early nor too late. . ."
--"I don't need much happiness. . ."
--"The city disappeared. . ."
--"Oh, there are unique words. . ."
--"I dream of him less often now, thank God. . ."
--"Not mystery and not grief. . ."
--"We will be together, darling, together. . ."
--"The dark road twisted. . ."
--"How I love, how I loved to look. . ."

--Plantain (1921)

(ADDITION)
--To Zara

--Anno Domini MCMXXI (1922)

Portfolio: Photo Biography

--Reed (1924-1940)

--Seventh Book (1936-1964)
--Odd Number

Epic and Dramatic Fragments and Long Poems

--From a Primeval Poem

Epic Motifs:
--I. "At that time I was a guest upon the earth. . ."
--II. "Having forsaken my homeland's sacred groves. . ."
--III. "Night came on and in the dark blue sky. . ."

--Fragment from. . . "The Russian Trianon"
--In Smolensk Cemetery

Northern Elegies:
--1. Prehistory
--2. "So here it is --- that autumn landscape. . ."
--3. "I, like a river. . ."
--4. "There are three ages to memories. . ."
--5. About the 1910's
--6. "It was dreadful to live in that house. . ."
--7. "And I have been silent, silent for thirty years. . ."

--Lyrical Digression on the Seventh Elegy

--At the Edge of the Sea

--The Way of All the Earth

from Prologue
--"Certainly no one in the world. . ."
--". . . I was the one forbidden book. . ."
--"Though you are three times more beautiful than angels. . ."
--"And you know, I agree to everything. . ."
--"Because I shared the primal darkness with you. . ."
--"However many tortures the other invented for me. . ."
--"This paradise, in which we did not sin. . ."
--"You frighten with caresses. . ."
--"Do not take yourself by the hand. . ."
--"Release me if just for a minute. . ."
--"The world never perceived such poverty. . ."
--"We tasted the forbidden knowledge. . ."

--POEM WITHOUT A HERO: A Triptych (1940-1962)
--Additions (Stanzas not included in the text of 'Poem Without a Hero', and poems relating to its composition)

Portfolio: The Artist's Muse

Uncollected Poems and Fragments

1904-1917
--"I plucked lilies, lovely and fragrant. . ."
--"I walked with you over the black abyss. . ."
--"Oh, hush! these strange, thrilling words. . ."
--"I know how to love. . ."
--Spring Air Imperiously Courageous
--"On his hands are lots of shining rings. . ."
--"My night --- feverish ravings about you. . ."
--From the First Notebook
--"Either I stayed with you. . ."
--"Your crazy eyes. . ."
--"They came and said: 'Your brother died.'"
--"For you, Aphrodite, I'll compose a dance. . ."
--"In my room lives a beautiful. . ."
--"On the little table, tea, rich pastries. . ."
--"I am fatal for those who are tender and young. . ."
--"For a long time I stood at Hell's heavy gates. . ."
--Solitude
--In the Forest
--The Old Portrait
--"The old oak rustles about the past. . ."
--"You are with me again. . ."
--"In the corner an old man resembling a ram. . ."
--"When we die it won't become darker. . ."
--"You've spent the whole day at the window. . ."
--"As if with a huge, heavy hammer. . ."
--"Come and take a look at me. . ."
--(To F.K. Sologub)
--"The corolla's needles catch fire. . ."
--"We will still add to this. . ."
--"In your fine hand you are writing Lise. . ."
--The Reply
--"I won't say anything, I won't open the door. . ."
--Latest Letter
--"I saw the field after the hail. . ."
--"And the fever at evening. . ."
--"Beyond the hazy pattern of the windowpanes. . ."
--"I'm not embarrassed by offensive remarks. . ."
--"And through everything and every moment. . ."
--"He smiled, standing on the threshold. . ."
--"Like someone who has left by the western gate. . ."
--From Old Verses
--"How long the New Year's holiday. . ."
--"Empty white Yuletide. . ."
--To Tamara Platonovna Karsavina
--"Some great misfortune happened to me here. . ."
--"Nowhere did I find my beloved. . ."
--"From you came uneasiness. . ."
--"You, the leader, standing by the spring. . ."
--". . . it is the one who gave me the zither. . ."
--"The bare, bleak days pass peacefully. . ."
--Last Will and Testament
--"The evening bell on the monastery wall. . ."
--"Flowers, cold from the dew. . ."
--"He did not kill, did not curse. . ."
--White Night
--"It's time to buy land. . ."
--"They are bearing someone's yellow coffin out. . ."
--"Because sin is what I glorified. . ."
--"In the interval between thunderstorms. . ."
--"I don't like flowers. . ."
--"And in the Kievian church of Divine Wisdom. . ."
--"On the right, the Dneiper. . ."
--Fragment
--"With the first sound falling from the piano. . ."
--"If the moon does not wander through the sky. . ."
--"Marvelous destiny named us. . ."
--". . . You can't make a soul mortal. . ."
--"You won't divine it immediately. . ."
--"In the city of the gatekeeper of paradise. . ."
--"In this church I heard the Canon. . ."
--"On the drawbridge. . ."

1919-1941
--"I am bitter and old. . ."
--"The tomtits sing well. . ."
--"Good fortune flew away from me. . ."
--"Isn't it strange that we knew him"
--"A light beer has been brewed. . ."
--"That evening should be put to death. . ."
--"Hello, Piter. It's bad, old boy. . ."
--"The devil didn't betray me. . ."
--"How boring to have to defend. . ."
--"It has been seven years. . ."
--"I will not profane my lips with your name. . ."
--"Here the most beautiful girls fight. . ."
--"It would be so easy to abandon this life. . ."
--"And you will forgive me everything. . ."
--"Forgive me, that I manage badly. . ."
--To the Caucasus
--"And I will wander here at night. . ."
--"Ah! --- where are those islands. . ."
--"Why did you poison the water. . ."
--A Little Geography
--"Speaking frankly. . ."
--"And I am not at all a prophet. . ."
--Imitation from the Armenian
--". . . I know I can't move from this place. . ."
--"To the New Year! To new bitterness!"
--To the Memory of M.B.
--"I put my curly-haired son to bed. . ."
--Stanzas
--Belated Reply
--"And here, in defiance of the fact. . ."
--"The neighbor, out of pity. . ."
--"And all those whom my heart won't forget. . ."
--"What I am doing, everyone is capable of doing. . ."
--"Such a thunderstorm. . ."

1941-May 1945
--"To live --- as if in freedom. . ."

Leningrad Quatrains:
--1. "The enemy banner. . ."
--2. "Dig, my shovel. . ."
--3. "Even though the signal fire is not burning. . ."

--"And of everything earthly there remained. . ."
--"This is how I am. . ."
--"It's amusing for you, under the floorboards. . ."
--"If you are death. . ."
--Typhus
--"My eyes don't move from the horizon. . ."
--"Leningrad blue eyes. . ."
--"We will go to Samarkand to die. . ."
--"When out of habit I say. . ."
--"And the double in the mirror conceals. . ."
--Inscription on the Poem 'Triptych'
--Postscript to 'The Leningrad Cycle'
--(Another Postscript to the 'Leningrad Cycle')
--Death
--"De profundis. . . My generation tasted little honey. . ."
--"You, Asia --- motherland of motherlands!"
--Palmyra
--"Can it be I'm no longer the one. . ."
--"Our feelings then were so much alike. . ."
--". . . For the lily-of-the-valley month of May. . ."
--"Our boys, they defended us. . ."
--Lamentation
--"If, when I flew, overtaking the sun. . ."
--"Because of the strange lyrics. . ."
--Additions to the Cycle 'Victory'
--"There's a silhouette of Faust in the distance. . ."
--"There's something wrong with me again. . ."
--"The one people once called. . ."

September 1945-1956
--"I wouldn't have known how the quince tree blossoms. . ."
--"Let a wave of music crash. . ."
--"And the sly crescent moon. . ."
--"At great expense and unexpectedly. . ."
--"I bid farewell to everyone. . ."
--"With the rabble in a ditch. . ."
--Lullaby
--The Glass Doorbell
--"Everyone left and no one returned. . ."
--Shards
--"I don't have special claims. . ."
--Festive Song
--"Ah, for you Russian is not enough. . ."
--"Regarding myself as a mere echo. . ."
--From the Cycle 'Secrets of the Craft'
--From the Cycle 'Burnt Notebook'
--"Others go off with their loved ones. . ."
--Prologue
--"Even that voice will not deceive me. . ."
--"I am drawn to the roads around Moscow. . ."

1957-1966
--"They will forget --- How astonishing!"
--"In vain you fling at my feet. . ."
--August
--"It's no wonder that sometimes my unruly verse. . ."
--"At least today give me a call. . ."
--"Chopin's Polonaise is passing once more. . ."
--"Away from me, as from that countess. . ."
--"All the unburied ones --- I buried them. . ."
--"To bequeath to some wild violin. . ."
--"And you will be one of those old women. . ."
--"And everyone followed me, my readers. . ."
--Inscription on a Book
--"Don't disturb my life. . ."
--"This is neither old nor new. . ."
--Speed
--"But I didn't give you the ring. . ."
--"I threw thousands of bell-towers. . ."
--"It's not that I am searching for you. . ."
--"I was captivated by mistake. . ."
--Ravings
--Four Seasons of the Year
--"For a long time I haven't believed in telephones. . ."
--Creation
--March Elegies
--The Heiress
--"You are to live, but I, not very much longer. . ."
--"And it is impossible to take from them. . ."
--"And the mad face of black music. . ."
--"What is separation to us --- A jaunty game. . ."
--"These praises for me are not due to rank. . ."
--From the Sketches
--"Somebody's voice can be heard by the porch. . ."
--"What Only ten years, you're joking, my Lord!"
--"You were the first to yield. . ."
--"And she could have done this. . ."
--"Like someone mute and blind and deaf. . ."
--To the Memory of Anta
--"No more joking. . ."
--"And he lures me with youth, and promises fame. . ."
--The Pines
--"And the flock of pansies. . ."
--"Under the cherished maple. . ."
--"No, we didn't suffer together in vain. . ."
--"Sickness has kept me languishing. . ."
--Listening to Singing
--"Prayerful days in the hospital. . ."
--"You were right not to take me along. . ."
--"You won't have to answer for me. . ."
--Imitation of the Korean
--Almost into the Album
--The Publication of a Book
--"And the northern news. . ."
--More about This Summer
--"What do we have in common"
--"Perhaps afterwards you hated me. . ."
--"Everyone, even the uninvited. . ."
--"How forgetful life is, and death. . ."
--Sonnet
--Midnight Verses
--"An unforeseen evil befell. . ."
--"And it was so good this summer. . ."
--"From the burial mound's deadly vault. . ."
--"Abused, praised. . ."
--The Fifth Rose
--"You --- in fact, are somebody's husband. . ."
--"Everything in Moscow is steeped in verses. . ."
--"Leave me alone with music. . ."
--"I'm playing the very game. . ."
--". . . and to die in haughty consciousness. . ."
--Forbidden Rose
--"Grand Confession"
--"I'm walking again in the thickets of night. . ."
--The North
--Romance
--Christmastime (December 24)
--From the Diary of a Traveller
--From the Italian Diary
--"But who would have thought that Sixty-Four. . ."
--"The violent wine of lechery. . ."
--To Music
--"And as music began to sound. . ."
--"We learned not to meet anymore. . ."
--"I am going where nothing is needed. . ."
--"Only life is forgetful. . ."
--"The aria Zibelia is still suffering there. . ."
--"Who sent him here. . ."
--"It's not being with you that comforts me. . ."
--"Torment proved to be my muse. . ."
--"And your dome was not touched with the gold. . ."
--"And the harsh sounds became damp. . ."
--"Off in the distance hung some sort of bridge. . ."
--"So we lowered our eyes. . ."
--"And you will love me all your life. . ."
--Fragment
--"Let the Australian sit down, invisible. . ."
--Sonnet
--"And my sonnet arises. . ."
--"Ice is growing on the windowpanes. . ."
--"I am still at home today. . ."
--Little Song
--"Strain both your voice and hearing. . ."
--"I lift the receiver --- I say my name. . ."
--"She replaced the receiver. . ."
--"And I go about my own house. . ."
--"No, not chess, not tennis. . ."
--"It is terrifying to be praised by you. . ."
--"And a strange companion was sent to me by hell. . ."
--"I don't know what was guiding me. . ."
--"There's no way for me to take flight. . ."
--"You loved me and pitied me. . ."
--"Stop it, I was like all of them. . ."
--"And I have no claims. . ."
--"Sooner than anything, love turns to mortal ashes. . ."
--". . . that rhymes with blood. . ."
--To the Defenders of Stalin
--"They swore by the Hammer and Sickle. . ."
--"Not to a secret pavilion. . ."
--"In sorrows, in passions. . ."
--"Oh, how your grandfathers loved me. . ."
--"The poet is not a person. . ."
--"Don't lie to me, don't lie to me. . ."
--"Soon I will leave you. . ."
--"What is lurking in the mirror Grief. . ."
--"You cranks, you could have chosen. . ."
--"By turning endings into beginnings. . ."
--"Not in vain did I bear. . ."
--"Waiting for him gives me more pleasure. . ."
--"The hostess is rosy cheeked. . ."
--To Music
--"Luring with the Pied Piper's flute. . ."
--"Speechlessness became my home. . ."
--Music
--Stravinsky's 'Jeremiah'
--"And in the depths of music. . ."
--"Don't give me anything to remember you by. . ."
--"Pray, at night, that you won't. . ."
--". . . But there is no power more formidable. . ."
--"Necessity herself has finally submitted. . ."

Notes to Poems
Notes to "Mirrors and Masks"
Appendix: "In Praise of Peace"
Index to Poems---By Source
Index of Titles & First Lines
Index of Proper Names
Select Bibliography
Biographical Notes


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