Twenty Poems

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Eighties Press [and] Ally Press, 1985 - Poetry - 53 pages
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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Anna Akhmatova, 1889 - 1966 Poet Anna Akhmatova was born in 1889 in Bolshoy Fontan near Odessa, Ukraine and was the daughter of a naval engineer. She attended a girls' gymnasium in Tsarskoe Selo, Smolnyi Institute in St. Petersburg, Fundukleevskaia gymnasium (1906), law school (1907), and then moved to St. Petersburg to study literature. When she was 21, she became a member of the Acmeist group of poets, led by Nikolai Gumilev, who she married in 1910 and had one son with, Lev Gumilev. They were divorced in 1918 and that same year she married Vladimir Shileiko. This marriage also failed and she was later married to Nikolai Punin until his death in 1958. Her first husband was executed in 1921 for antirevolutionary activities; afterwards, she entered a period of almost complete poetic silence that lasted until 1940. Akhmatova's first collection of poetry was "Vecher" ("Evening"), which appeared in 1912. Two years later, she gained fame with "Chyotki" ("Rosary" 1914). Her next collections were "Belaya Staya" ("The White Flock" 1917), "Podorozhnik" ("Plantain" 1921) and "Anno Domini MCMXXI (1922). For a brief time during World War II in 1940, several of her poems were published in the literary monthly Zvezda. In 1942, her poem "Courage" appeared on a front page of Pravda. In 1941, following the German invasion, Akhmatova delivered an inspiring radio address to the women of Leningrad. She was evacuated to Tashkent where she read her poems to hospitalized soldiers. In an effort to gain freedom for her son who had been exiled to Siberia, Akhmatova's poems eulogizing Stalin appeared in several issues of the weekly magazine Ogonyok. "Poema Bez Geroya" (Poem Without a Hero, 1963) was begun in Leningrad in 1940 and was revised for over 20 years. It is divided into three parts and has no consistent plot or conventional hero. This poem wasn't published in the Soviet Union until 1976. "Rekviem" (Requiem, 1963) is a poem-cycle that was a literary monument to the victims of Stalin's Terror. The earliest poems were dated 1935 and the remainders were written from 1938-40. Requiem is ten short, numbered poems that deal with her personal experiences following the arrests of her husband, friends and son. The last poem reflects the grief of others who suffered loss during that time of terror. Akhmatova was awarded the Etna-Taormina Price, an international poetry prize awarded in Italy in 1964, and received an honorary doctoral degree from Oxford University in 1965. Anna Akhmatova died in 1966.

Vera Sandomirsky Dunham, 1913 - 2001 Vera Sandormirsky Dunham was born in 1913. She earned her secondary education in the Soviet Union and Germany, she studied German and Slavic Philology and literature in German, French and Belgian Universities. She attained her doctorate degree in 1935 in Slavic Philology from the University of Erlangen in germany and another degree from the University of Brussels. In 1940, she emigrated to the United States and was an analyst for the Office of Strategic Services in Washington from 1944 to 1945. She is perhaps best known for her translation and critiques of Russian poetry and prose. Dunham taught in the Slavic Department at Wayne State University in Detroit from 1945 to 1976. She was a member of the Slavic review and translated poems and prose into English from Russian poets. After retiring form Wayne State, she taught or several years at Queens College, Columbia and assorted other universities. Her most well known book was entitled "In Stalin's Time: Middle Class Values in Soviet Fiction". Vera Sandormirsky Dunham died on March 22, 2001 in Cambridge Massachusetts at the age of 88.

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