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Poetry Project

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Claire Kennedy

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Anna Akhmatova Life as a poet wasn’t as easy as others may put it out to be. First my dad didn’t approve of me being a poet, saying I could disgrace the family name. I even decided to change my name because of it. Then my love life wasn’t going to well. Having three husbands over my lifetime, where two of them ended in complete failure. Not even lasting ten years. Then one of my best friends died so suddenly, just as I’m at the peak of my career as a poet. Lastly the government banned me from publishing any of my poems that I working so hard on.
Writing poetry was the only way I could express how I felt about my life. Poetry helped me get away from life itself. My poems that I wrote throughout my lifetime, the ones that were published and the ones I kept to myself, expressed who I was and how I felt. I wrote with imagery in my poems, so I gave the reader a chance to image what I felt or saw or heard. I wanted the reader to know what it was like being me, standing in my shoes. My poems were read by many people, and soon I went from the middle child of the Gorenko family to a well known poet.

Everything is Plundered Life as Anna Akhmatova Written By: Claire Kennedy By: Anna Akhmatova Everything is plundered, betrayed, sold,
Death's great black wing scrapes the air,
Misery gnaws to the bone.
Why then do we not despair?

By day, from the surrounding woods,
cherries blow summer into town;
at night the deep transparent skies
glitter with new galaxies.

And the miraculous comes so close
to the ruined, dirty houses --
something not known to anyone at all,
but wild in our breast for centuries. Poetry Analysis Everything is Plundered By: Anna Akhmatova Everything is plundered, betrayed, sold,
Death's great black wing scrapes the air,
Misery gnaws to the bone.
Why then do we not despair?

By day, from the surrounding woods,
cherries blow summer into town;
at night the deep transparent skies
glitter with new galaxies.

And the miraculous comes so close
to the ruined, dirty houses --
something not known to anyone at all,
but wild in our breast for centuries. The words misery, despair, and death all have the connotation of the feeling of sadness. These words show that Anna was maybe feeling sadness at this point in her life when she was writing this poem. The words black and night are signifying that its darkness and maybe the feeling of loneliness. The words ruined and dirty show that maybe her home was "destroyed". That her family wasn't as close as other families. All these words have a negative connotation. In most of the other poems I read of hers she always wrote in a negative sort of way. This shows that Anna poured her feelings out in the poems she wrote. Dramatic Poem Everything is Plundered By: Anna Akhmatova Everything is plundered, betrayed, sold,
Death's great black wing scrapes the air,
Misery gnaws to the bone.
Why then do we not despair?

By day, from the surrounding woods,
cherries blow summer into town;
at night the deep transparent skies
glitter with new galaxies.

And the miraculous comes so close
to the ruined, dirty houses --
something not known to anyone at all,
but wild in our breast for centuries. This sentence is portraying that everything is ruined and doesn't go your way. (simile) This is showing that the emotions actually mean something, that they are very direct. (personification) This shows that no one would ever understand it. (repetition) Paraphrase This poet uses mainly simple sentences. Most of her sentences are made up of many simple sentences, that complete one complete thought. In most of the stanzas she uses either three or four simple sentences that complete one sentence. The attitude in this poem is mostly serious and some what gloomy. The first stanza shows that everything is ruined and bad, in a sense. And that somehow there is still good in life. Contrasting good and bad.
The second stanza shows that nature "brings" beauty in the devastated town. Contrasting day and night
The third stanza shows that "everyone" is waiting for a miracle and that no one knows what it is. Contrasting wonders and reality. The universal theme is Hope. This poem was written during a war and Anna wrote this to show that even if there is destruction and death that in the end there is still hope and life. Reflection Myself I learned that it takes more effort for me to write a well written poem. I need to dig deeper to find a topic that is worth writing on. Anna wrote her poems on her feelings towards certain topics. When I write I just write, I don't write for a purpose like Anna did. Poetry I learned that poetry can really help you in life. The only way Anna could express herself was through poetry. I see poetry now as a way to express yourself or how you feel in a form of writing that isn't a paragraph. I don't read poetry as what it is, I read deeper into the real meaning of the poem. Anna Akhmatova When I first started researching Anna I just thought she was just another average, dull poet. But Anna has a story for her poetry. Her poems really show what she went through and how she felt about it. When I started reading more into her life and more into her poetry I started to feel how she felt. When Anna wrote she poured her heart out into her poems and really made the reader feel how she felt. When I wrote the paragraph from her point-of-view it wasn't that hard because I started to know what she went through. Citation "Everything Is Plundered." Poetry for Students. Ed. Sara Constantakis. Vol. 32. Detroit: Gale, 2010. 32-50. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 30 Dec. 2012.
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