Anna Akhmatova World Literature Analysis
The challenge of articulating in poetic form the human experience of young love, the pains of love, and the love of country is inherent in much of Akhmatova’s poetry. Her love for the Russian people, as shown in her collections Rekviem (1963; Requiem, 1964) and Poema bez geroya (1960; A Poem Without a Hero, 1973), made her one of the most admired figures of modern Russia. Most of all, it is her resilient, individualistic spirit that all readers embrace. Whether in the romantic persona in Belaya staya or in the melancholy persona of Chetki, Akhmatova gave her voice to the Russian people during a tragic period in their history.
Akhmatova uses concrete imagery to convey the themes of passionate, young love in her first collections. Unlike the Russian Symbolists of the early twentieth century, she sought to describe the experience of love using concrete, natural images, not religious, imaginary ones. The Acmeist literary movement, of which the poet was a part, dramatically influenced Akhmatova’s earlier works. The Acmeists insisted on clarity of expression. Akhmatova used objective, concrete things to convey strong emotions. For example, in one poem, the wind, given the human attribute of recklessness, conveys the poet’s emotional state to the reader: “And we observe the rites of our bitter meetings,/ When suddenly the reckless wind/ Breaks off a sentence just begun.”
In her later...
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