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Writing through the turmoils of the twentieth century, Anna Akhmatova ('Anna of all the Russias' as she was solemnly called by her fellow poet Marina Tsvetaeva) was "one of the greatest poets of Russian literature." Bibliographic Citation link.   She is also an icon of the intelligentsia that was repressed by the Soviet regime. She was courageous enough to carry her literary talent (which produced translation and a lost play as well as poetry) through illness, poverty, and suffering with immense dignity and complete dedication. She has become a metaphor for rebellion and resistance to every attempt to suppress her muse. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 June 1889 (11 June, Old Style, Julian Calendar) Anna Akhmatova (née Anna Andreevna Gorenko) was born at Bol'shoy Fontan, a village near Odessa, on the Black Sea coast (now in Ukraine). Bibliographic Citation link.
1965 The most extensive collection of AA's poems, the 400-page The Flight of Time (Beg Vremeni in Russian), was published the year before her death. Bibliographic Citation link.
5 March 1966 AA died at the age of seventy-eight, four months after her latest heart attack, at a sanatorium in Domodedovo, near Moscow. With a life full of hardships and loss, she had proved that "a fragile, lonely person . . . can achieve heroic stature." Bibliographic Citation link.
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