La Muse by Anna Akhmatova

La Muse
1911

When in the night I await her coming
My life seems stopped. I ask myself: What
Are tributes, freedom, or youth compared
To this treasured friend holding a flute?
Look, she’s coming! She throws off her veil
And watches me, steady and long. I say:
‘Was it you dictated to Dante the pages
Of Hell?’ And she answers: ‘I am the one.’

Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova
Born: 23 June 1889, Velykyi Fontan Cape, Ukraine
Nationality: Russian
Died: 5 March 1966, Domodedovo, Russia

Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, better known by her pen name Anna Akhmatova, was a poet and considered one of the most influential Russian poets of the 20th century. With work ranging from short lyric poems to intricately structured cycles Akhmatova was shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in 1965 and received three nominations for the award in 1966

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