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. To avoid persecution by Stalin, Anna Akhmatova burnt her writings and memorised the words of her poem Requiem. By doing so she ensured.
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Anna Akhmatova’s poem “Requiem” can be difficult to fully grasp. The poem is considered a poem “cycle” ajmaatova “sequence” because it is made up of a collection of shorter poems. These poems are not meant to be read in isolation, but together as part of one cohesive longer work. Akhmatova lived in Russia during Stalin’s reign of terror. Her poems seek to bear witness to the oppressive silence during that time.
Requiem – Poem by Anna Akhmatova
The “Requiem” cycle was written as a response to the imprisonment of Akhmatova’s son, during which time she stood in a line outside of the jail every day for seventeen months waiting for news. One day, anaa women in the crowd recognized her, and asked her to write a poem about the experience.
In the poem, Akhmatova addresses many themes, including religion, the desperation and hopelessness of war, censorship and silencing, grief, ama whether it is possible to maintain hope in the midst of darkness.
The prison line is compared to an early mass in Dedication, as the prison waiters rise early and then congregate there. In this sense, religion has been replace with a stark reality. Rather than church and religion being the means of hope, salvation, and a beacon of comfort, only the news of incarcerated loved ones has any bearing on their lives.
As the son is taken away, she walks behind as if it is a funeral procession. Then we move to night, figuratively. This is the darkest point of ajmaotva poem. Akhmatova rdquiem of loneliness, isolation, grief, the lack of meaningful religious symbols, all as symptoms of an overwhelming lack of hope. The narrator is aware that this death or banishment is necessary, but wonders how the process can actually occur, and if it is indeed possible to banish so much grief.
In “VIII,” it appears that she feels unable to anx memory and go on, and simply waits and wishes for death.
Death is the only comfort now. Yet in “X” religious metaphor again makes a reappearance, with the crucifixion aspect. The focus is shifted from the suffering of Christ to the emotions of the women who watched this scene of crucifixion.
Requiem (Anna Akhmatova) – Wikipedia
The epilogue brings back the sense of community or shared suffering introduced at the outset. The main body of the poem described a very individual experience, yet here we are reminded of the others outside the jail.
Prayer again has a role, and is more than simply a plea for prayer but the sentiment that the narrator will pray for both herself and others. In the depth of her suffering, in the depths of her alienation, there was no room for the divine, yet at this point it can exist. While a point of healing may not have been reached yet, at least a sort of coping has become tangible. 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.
The task of bearing witness gives the narrator a sense of greater meaning, allowing for the divine in a way that the darkest points did not. As the poem chronicles this period of her life, so too does it chronicle the ebbing and rising tides of the divine within the entire experience of the “Requiem” cycle. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. A good attempt to look into this sequence of dark and image laden poetry.
Anna Akhmatova must have suffered terribly yet found the courage to express her grief and anger through her writing. I’m sure many mothers and other family members in other parts of the world can relate to the darkness she so powerfully describes. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
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