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MIRRORS AND MASKS: THE LIFE AND POETIC WORKS OF ANNA AKHMATOVA

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  MIRRORS AND MASKS:   THE LIFE AND POETIC WORKS OF ANNA AKHMATOVA   ROBERTA REEDER     A POET'S LIFE CAN BE REFLECTED IN MANY MIRRORS. The life of Anna Akhmatova has been reflected in autobiographical notes, recorded conversations, letters and diaries of contemporaries, and criticism of her works. Yet she remains mysterious in many ways. She was discreet about the events in her personal life and restrained in expression. Though often inspired by real events or emotions, her poems may mask more than they reveal. Akhmatova warned against scrutinizing her lyrics for insight into her thoughts and feelings: "Lyric verse is the best armor, the best cover. You don't give yourself away.’ (1) Akhmatova practiced her art under extraordinarily difficult conditions in one of the most complex epochs of Russian history. Despite the hardships she endured, Akhmatova never expressed self-pity: instead, she transformed personal pain and the tragedies of her nation into tr

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới 2014

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  25.1.2014 Về nhà 2014 4.1.2014 Chúc Mừng Năm Mới 2014 Những dòng sông Tôi đã về Việt Nam hai lần. Lần đầu, khi vừa đặt chân xuống phi trường Tân Sơn Nhất, sau hơn mười năm xa cách, tôi, sau gần 24 tiếng đồng hồ ngồi trên phi cơ, nhích nhác, ngơ ngác, quýnh quáng, và thểu não, lạc mất một va ly hành lý. Một thanh niên thật trẻ, quần áo