You will hear thunder and remember me,
and think: she wanted storms…
– Anna Akhmatova
born in Odessa, Russian Federation December 13, 1901
died: March 05, 1966
Also known as: Анна Ахматова, Anna Ahmatova
Pen name of Anna Andreevna Gorenko, a Russian poet credited with a large influence on Russian poetry.
Akhmatova’s work ranges from short lyric poems to universalized, ingeniously structured cycles, such as Requiem (1935-40), her tragic masterpiece about the Stalinist terror. Her work addresses a variety of themes including time and memory, the fate of creative women, and the difficulties of living and writing in the shadow of Stalinism. She has been widely translated into many languages and is one of the best-known Russian poets of 20th century.
In 1910, she married the poet, Nikolay Gumilyov, who very soon left her for lion hunting in Africa, the battlefields of World War I, and the society of Paris…more