Since the nineteenth century the world has been hearing from female voices in literature.I think it’s a significant shift in human history. Now we can see images and role of women not only from male writers’ works, but also directly from women. One of these female voices was Anna Akhmatova,who was born in 1889. Anna Akhmatova is one of the famous Russian female poets in the twentieth century.Her writing was divided on the early work (1912-25) and her late work( 1936 until he death).Her strong leading voice struck a new chord in Russian poetry. Akhmatova’s principal motif was love ,especially tragic love, expressed with feminine accent.
Considering her as a woman-representative of early twentieth century, I found huge transformations in that society, since Akhmatova married three times. I think this strong female voice was not only a representative of first woman- writers ,but also her personal life( three marriages) was overwhelming for me. Personally, I like her poems about love, they expressed sincere female feelings, that only a woman could express and bring from her soul and heart to readers. Before we read some poems about love of male poets and we could see how they describe their love and lovers. Now I , as a female, I can feel tone and intonation of her poems better. Here is one of them:
You thought that I was that type:
That you could forget me,
And that I’d plead and weep
And throw myself under the hooves of a bay mare,
Or that I’d ask the sorcerers
For magic portion made from roots and send you a terrible gift:
My precious perfumed handkerchief.
Damn you! I will not grant your cursed soul
Vicarious tears or a single glance.
And I swear by the miracle-working icon,
And by the fire and smoke of our nights:
I will never come back to you.
I read this poem in original language, this translation is quite well. I like this poem so much, maybe because I have a period of time,when I’m in love, I can relate myself to her lines.These lines bring anger and frustration.Anna Akhmatova got offended, someone hurt her feelings and she didn’t have mercy for him.Saying “I will never come back to you”, Akhmatova showed readers her strong character and her pride, like no one had a right to make her feel that way.I feel she wanted to say: Who are you?who made me feel that way?The poet wished him to be in the hell by saying ” Damn you!”. I think this poem is very impulsive and has lots of emotions, that could be felt only by a woman.However this woman was strong enough not to fall.
Years ago women couldn’t even express their feelings, but now Anna Akhmatova published them.