Nikolay Stepanovich Gumilyov

[Nikolay Gumilyov] (1886 - 1921 / Kronstadt on Kotlin Island,)

Nikolay Stepanovich Gumilyov
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Nikolay Stepanovich Gumilyov (Russian: Никола́й Степа́нович Гумилёв; IPA: [nʲɪkɐˈlaj sʲtʲɪˈpanəvʲɪtɕ ɡʊmʲɪˈlʲɵf] ( listen); April 15 NS 1886 – August 25, 1921) was an influential Russian poet, literary critic, traveler, and military officer. He was the first husband of Anna Akhmatova and father of historian Lev Gumilev. Nikolay Gumilev was arrested and executed by the Cheka in 1921.
Nikolay was born in the town of Kronstadt on Kotlin Island, into the family of Stepan Yakovlevich Gumilyov (1836–1920), a naval physician, and Anna Ivanovna L'vova (1854–1942). His childhood nickname was "Montigomo," the Hawk's Claw. He studied at the gymnasium of Tsarskoe Selo, where the Symbolist... more »

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Agamemnon's Warrior

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Oppresses my soul and tosses:
Can one be alive if Atreus has died -
Has died on a bed of roses.

All that we dreamed of and everywhere praised,
All our longing and fear -
Were fully reflected in those calm eyes,
As were in a glass of a tear.

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A saga of feet was retold;
A beautiful cloud he was for his land
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