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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Poems Remembered Only By Heart

With all this discourse on poetry I thought maybe it was time to read a poem. This was written in 1956 by Anna Akhmatova.

Again we need to consider silence here since Soviet officialdom’s distaste with her poetry forced her into long periods of silence.

"I've had everything - poverty, prison lines, fear, poems remembered only by heart, and burnt poems. And humiliation and grief. And you don't know anything about this and wouldn't be able to understand it if I told you..."

You Who Was Born For Poetry…

You, who was born for poetry’s creation,
Do not repeat the sayings of the ancients.
Though, maybe, our Poetry, itself,
Is just a single beautiful citation.

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