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Poem Without a Hero
And Selected Poems
Anna Akhmatova; Lenore Mayhew, trans.; William McNaughton, trans.; William McNaughton, intro.

FIELD Translation Series

Oberlin College Press
1989 • 196 pp. 4 7/8 x 7 1/2"
Poetry - European

$14.95 Paperback, 978-0-932440-50-1

Trans. from the Russian

Anna Akhmatova, one of the great poets of our century, has, like all Russian poets, proved difficult to translate. These distinctive versions of a broad selection of her work capture her plainness and directness while searching out an analog to her music in the careful and subtle music of American free verse. The result is not a replication of Akhmatova's style but a complement to it that often startles and gratifies with a starkness and beauty all its own.

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From the Book:

To the People of London

Time, with an indifferent pen,
Writes out the twenty-fourth play of Shakespeare.
And we, seated at this horrible feast,
Read of Hamlet, of Caesar and of Lear
Over a river of lead;
And it would be better if today
With psalms and torches
We followed the casket of young Juliet
Or looked at Macbeth’s window
And trembled with the killer —
But not this, not this, not this,
This by now we have no strength to read!

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