Anna Akhmatova

(23 June 1889 – 5 March 1966 / Odessa)

I am a Bard... - Poem by Anna Akhmatova

I am a bard - I am a heaven bird,
I need no any richness of the world.

I love a flower and so charming lass
In aromatic springs that never pass.

I love a whisper, very gentle and long,
And, in full silence, a despondent song.

Comments about I am a Bard... by Anna Akhmatova

  • Anil Kumar Panda (6/22/2017 10:14:00 PM)

    A bard sees the world in a different way. Very nice. Short and sweet. Thanks for posting. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/22/2017 7:30:00 PM)

    A great poem. Thank you dear Bard, (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/22/2017 12:55:00 PM)

    Heaven bird! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (6/22/2017 2:13:00 AM)

    The second line of the first stanza says it all. The word 'any' is redundant. Not a poem worth posting as an example of a modern poem. (Report) Reply

    Lantz Pierre (6/22/2017 3:16:00 AM)

    I wondered about that second line, whether it was a typo or not. Whatever the case it's the only version I find on the internet. Surprising for the work of such an important poet. I would love to know if another translation exists. Exact standing of the words in that line aside, the sentiment there really doesn't say it all without the impact of the final line of the poem. Every other line in the poem is up-beat, honorific, acknowledging beauty and goodness. Everything turns on the closing two words in particular though. The importance of melancholy and and a foil, a balance to all the positives is emphasized with an eloquent and graceful understatement. The beauty of the poem lies in its recognition of silent despondency. It's a moment of genius. An extraordinarily modern moment as it undercuts the traditional, historical constructions of homages to beauty and goodness.

    Maybe one of our Russian speaking members can help with a translation or least a clarification of the second line?

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/22/2017 1:04:00 AM)

    I love a flower.....thanks for posting.... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 26, 2015

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