Literary Birthday – 23 June – Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova was born 23 June 1889 and died 5 March 1966.

Seven Quotes

  1. Each of our lives is a Shakespearean drama raised to the thousandth degree.
  2. You will hear thunder and remember me, and think: she wanted storms…
  3. If you were music, I would listen to you ceaselessly, and my low spirits would brighten up.
  4. There is a sacred, secret line in loving which attraction and even passion cannot cross.
  5. Rising from the past, my shadow, Is running in silence to meet me.
  6. I am in the middle of it: chaos and poetry; poetry and love and again, complete chaos. Pain, disorder, occasional clarity; and at the bottom of it all: only love; poetry. Sheer enchantment, fear, humiliation. It all comes with love.
  7. Real tenderness can’t be confused, It’s quiet and can’t be heard.

Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, known by the pen name Anna Akhmatova, was a Russian modernist poet. She is regarded as one of the most acclaimed Russian writers. She is the author of Requiem and Poem without a Hero.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 23rd June 2017