Sam N. Driver (essay date 1972)
SOURCE: Driver, Sam N. “Later Works.” In Anna Akhmatova, pp. 125-55. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1972.
[In the following excerpt, Driver offers a thematic overview of Akhmatova's Requiem.]
Unlike the Poem Without a Hero, Requiem is not a private poem. It is not so much a new experiment in Akhmatova's poetry as a culmination of a style perfected over the decades preceding; Akhmatova organizes her characteristic devices and techniques into an amazingly powerful statement which requires no elaboration or “explanation.”
Neither is the Requiem a private poem in the sense that the subject, unlike that of the “Petersburg...
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