To avoid persecution by Stalin, Anna Akhmatova burnt her writings and memorised the words of her poem Requiem. By doing so she ensured. Explanation and analysis of Anna Akhmatova’s poem cycle “Requiem,” including overviews of the major groupings, trends, and overall themes. Anna Akhmatova. Requiem. No foreign sky protected me, no stranger’s wing shielded my face. I stand as witness to the common lot, survivor of that time, that.

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Children were crying in the darkened house. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Wikisource has original text related to this article: Listen, even in blissful death I fear That I will forget the Black Marias, Forget how hatefully the door slammed and an old woman Howled like a wounded beast.

I have turned out the lights and opened the door For you, so simple and so wonderful.

Understanding the Poem Cycle “Requiem” by Anna Akhmatova

For some the wind can freshly blow, for some the sunlight fade at ease, but we, made partners in our dread, hear but the grating of the keys, and heavy-booted soldiers’ tread. That taste of opiate wine!

The narrator now has a sense of purpose, to be the witness for the crowds of people that would otherwise be erased into a nameless faceless blur, devoid of identity, of voice for what has transpired. Also, grief, disbelief, rationalization, mourning, and resolve are just a few themes that remain constant ajhmatova the entire cycle. A good attempt to look into this sequence of dark and image laden poetry.

The poetry of Anna Akhmatova: Comments about Requiem by Anna Akhmatova. Throughout much of the cycle the suffering Russian woman, one yet universal, is the central figure. Akhmatova’s poetry could be known for the simplest akhmahova depicting the complicated concepts: Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


One day somebody in the crowd identified me. I hurled myself at the hangman’s foot. So, I have woven you this wide shroud out of the humble words I overheard you use.

The introduction also known as the prose paragraph is located at the beginning of the cycle.

BBC – Culture – Requiem: How a poem resisted Stalin

If someone someday in this country Decides to raise a memorial to me, I give my consent to this festivity But only on this condition – do not build it By the sea where I was born, I have severed my last ties with the sea; Nor in the Tsar’s Park by the hallowed stump Where an inconsolable shadow looks for me; Build it here where I stood for three hundred hours And no-one slid open the bolt.

Nikolai Yezhov as head of the NKVD from instituted a savage purge, akin to the Cultural Revolution in China, involving denunciations and show trials. Some articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Notice how she moves from the personal to the universal and then concludes on an intense note of personal suffering.

And Russia, guiltless, beloved, writhed under the crunch of bloodstained boots, under the wheels of Black Marias. By remembering what happened and not allowing yourself to ever forget is a part of the stage of suffering that allows you to move on in life.

Akhmatova Requiem

When I read Requiem now, I find myself compelled by its powerful images, by a voice that registers the effects of terror in everyday life, and by the snippets of overheard conversation arranged in individual akhmstova that create a powerful effect of despair and resilience.


When Stalin heard of the meeting through an informant, he was reported to have said: This is feature allows you to search the site. Where are they now, my nameless friends from those two years I spent in hell?

The poem is considered a poem “cycle” or “sequence” because it is made up of a collection of shorter poems. The last theme that seems very prominent at the end of the cycle is the idea of keeping this tragedy as a memorial. This is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos.

Akhmatova feared that it would be too dangerous for herself and those around her if she released the poem during the s when it was written. Akhmatova came to learn that worse than a regime indifferent to poetry, was one obsessed with it. The epilogue brings back the sense of community or shared suffering introduced at the outset. The one who resisted the long drag to the open window; The one who could no longer feel the kick of familiar soil beneath her feet; The one who, with a sudden flick of her head, replied, ‘I arrive here as if I’ve come home!

Yet how many innocent lives are ending.