Anna Akhmatova Poems

Anna Akhmatova is a well-known Russian poet and the pen name of Anna Andreyevna Gorenko. She was shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in 1965 and her work ranges from lyric poems to structured cycles. ‘Requiem’ is one of the best examples of her work. 


by Anna Akhmatova

‘Courage’ by Anna Akhmatova is a passionate poem about courage in the face of war. Specifically, Akhmatova was writing about World War II. 

Lot’s Wife (translated by Richard Wilbur)

by Anna Akhmatova

This intriguing poem, ‘Lot’s Wife’, by Anna Akhmatova, translated by Richard Wilbur, takes an age-old story that has been passed down from generation to generation and tells it from a new perspective, that of Lot’s wife.

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