One goes in straightforward ways – Anna Akhmatova

One goes in straightforward ways – Anna Akhmatova One goes in straightforward ways, One in a circle roams: Waits for a girl of his gone…

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But Listen, I Am Warning You – Anna Akhmatova

But Listen, I Am Warning You – Anna Akhmatova But listen, I am warning you I’m living for the very last time. Not as a…

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I Don’t Know If You’re Alive Or Dead – Anna Akhmatova

I Don’t Know If You’re Alive Or Dead – Anna Akhmatova I don’t know if you’re alive or dead. Can you on earth be sought,…

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You Thought I Was That Type

You Thought I Was That Type You thought I was that type: That you could forget me, And that I’d plead and weep And throw…

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I Taught Myself to Live Simply

I Taught Myself to Live Simply I taught myself to live simply and wisely, to look at the sky and pray to God, and to…

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So again we triumph! – Anna Akhmatova

So again we triumph! – Anna Akhmatova So again we triumph! Again we do not come! Our speeches silent, Our words, dumb. Our eyes that…

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For Osip Mandelstam – Anna Akhmatova

For Osip Mandelstam – Anna Akhmatova And the town is frozen solid in a vice, Trees, walls, snow, beneath a glass. Over crystal, on slippery…

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Rachel – Anna Akhmatova

Rachel – Anna Akhmatova When Jacob and Rachel met for the first time, He bowed to her like a humble wayfarer. The herds were raising…

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Departure – Anna Akhmatova

Departure – Anna Akhmatova Although this land is not my own, I will remember its inland sea and the waters that are so cold the…

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I Don’t Like Flowers – Anna Akhmatova

I Don’t Like Flowers – Anna Akhmatova I don’t like flowers – they do remind me often Of funerals, of weddings and of balls; Their…

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To the Many – Anna Akhmatova

To the Many – Anna Akhmatova I — am your voice, the warmth of your breath, I — am the reflection of your face, The…

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Muse – Anna Akhmatova

Muse – Anna Akhmatova When, in the night, I wait for her, impatient, Life seems to me, as hanging by a thread. What just means…

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Solitude – Anna Akhmatova

Solitude – Anna Akhmatova So many stones have been thrown at me, That I’m not frightened of them anymore, And the pit has become a…

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Gray-Eyed King – Anna Akhmatova

Gray-Eyed King – Anna Akhmatova Glory to you, inescapable pain! The gray-eyed king died yesterday. The autumn evening was sultry and red, My husband returned…

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You Will Hear Thunder

You Will Hear Thunder You will hear thunder and remember me, And think: she wanted storms. The rim Of the sky will be the colour…

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Song Of The Final Meeting – Anna Akhmatova

Song Of The Final Meeting – Anna Akhmatova My breast grew helplessly cold, But my steps were light. I pulled the glove from my left…

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I Wrung My Hands – Anna Akhmatova

I Wrung My Hands – Anna Akhmatova I wrung my hands under my dark veil. . . “Why are you pale, what makes you reckless?”…

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Thunder – Anna Akhmatova

Thunder – Anna Akhmatova There will be thunder then. Remember me. Say ‘ She asked for storms.’ The entire world will turn the colour of…

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Alexander By Thebes – Anna Akhmatova

Alexander By Thebes – Anna Akhmatova I think, the king was fierce, though young, When he proclaimed, ‘You’ll level Thebes with ground.’ And the old…

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March Elegy – Anna Akhmatova

March Elegy – Anna Akhmatova I have enough treasures from the past to last me longer than I need, or want. You know as well…

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As a white stone in the well’s cool deepness – Anna Akhmatova

As a white stone in the well’s cool deepness – Anna Akhmatova As a white stone in the well’s cool deepness, There lays in me…

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He Did Love – Anna Akhmatova

He Did Love – Anna Akhmatova He did love three things in this world: Choir chants at vespers, albino peacocks, And worn, weathered maps of…

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Willow – Anna Akhmatova

Willow And I grew up in patterned tranquillity, In the cool nursery of the young century. And the voice of man was not dear to…

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It Happened – Anna Akhmatova

It Happened – Anna Akhmatova It happened like this when only the dead Were smiling, glad of their release, That Leningrad hung around its prisons…

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I Have No Use For Odic Legions – Anna Akhmatova

I Have No Use For Odic Legions – Anna Akhmatova I have no use for odic legions, Or for the charm of elegiac play For…

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This Evening’s Light Is Golden Bright – Anna Akhmatova

This Evening’s Light Is Golden Bright – Anna Akhmatova This evening’s light is golden bright, The April’s coolness is so tender, Though you are many…

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A widow in black – Anna Akhmatova

A widow in black – Anna Akhmatova Covers all hearts with a depressing cloud… While her man’s words are clearly recalled, She will not stop…

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Lying in me – Anna Akhmatova

Lying in me – Anna Akhmatova Lying in me, as though it were a white Stone in the depths of a well, is one Memory…

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The Last Toast – Anna Akhmatova

The Last Toast – Anna Akhmatova I drink to home, that is lost, To evil life of mine, To loneness in which we’re both, And…

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