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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Poems by Anna Akhmatova: On that occasion there was a woman standing behind me, her lips blue with cold, who, of course, had never in her life heard my name. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. It wasn’t until after the death of Joseph Stalin in that she finally decided that it was the right time to have it published. We partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites.

Requiem (Anna Akhmatova) – Wikipedia

One day, somehow, someone “picked me out”. Akhmatova knew that the secret police might search her apartment and find her writings, so she burnt the paper on which composed drafts of the poem, after learning it by heart.

Through the eyes of the women—who stood outside prisons for days, hoping for word about their loved ones, hoping to deliver a hat or a pair of salvaged gloves or shoes, hoping for one last glimpse before the inevitable sentence of death or exile for a beloved son or husband—Akhmatova plumbs the depths of unimaginable suffering, and charts the journey of mourning and memorial.


Notice how she moves from the personal to the universal and then concludes on an intense note of personal suffering. II Remembrance hour returns with the turning year. I have turned out the lights and opened the door For you, so simple and so wonderful. While a point of healing may not have been reached yet, at least a sort of coping has become tangible. See there the prison poplar bending! Prayer again has a role, and is more than simply a plea for prayer but the sentiment that the narrator will pray for both herself and others.

Understanding the Poem Cycle “Requiem” by Anna Akhmatova

How a poem resisted Stalin. But what if she were arrested and executed? No other looked into her secret eyes. These themes all connect with one another because they are all stages of suffering.

This set of poems is from the perspective of the other women who akhmaotva stood outside Leningrad prison waiting for just a glimpse or notification from their fathers, sons, or husbands who had been arrested also. In the depth of her suffering, in the depths of her alienation, there was no room for the divine, yet at this point it can exist.

Requiem: How a poem resisted Stalin

Standing behind me was a woman, with lips blue from the cold, who had, of course, never heard me called by name before. Retrieved from ” https: Akhmatova wants her readers to recognize that they had to overcome this together, not by being saved by a figment of the imagination.


Some articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. Akhmatova lived in Russia during Stalin’s reign of terror.

Very good poem to read. Improvisation was particularly intolerable to Akhmatova. V For seventeen months I have cried aloud, calling you back to your lair.

Creep up on me Like a practised bandit with a heavy weapon. This website uses cookies As a user in the EEA, your approval is akhmatoova on a few things. When Stalin heard of the meeting through an informant, he was reported to akhmatlva said: Gradually, samizdat increased its reach, turning Russian dissident literature into a potent weapon. The sun declined, the Neva blurred, and hope sang always from afar.

He was in turn denounced in by Molotov, executed, and replaced by Beria. Whisk the lamps away. Back and forth the prison poplar sways With not a sound – how many innocent Blameless lives are being taken away. Lure of the dark valley!