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Don’t Miss: Poetry Reading at Russian Icon Musuem

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

 

The poetry of Anna Akhmatova will be featured at a reading at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton.

The Museum of Russian Icons will hold a poetry reading featuring the poems of Akhmatova: Readings in Russian and English (with translations by Stanley Kunitz) on Thursday, October 17 at 6pm. Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, better known by the pen name Anna Akhmatova, was a Russian modernist poet and one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon. Akhmatova’s themes include meditations on time and memory, and the difficulties of living and writing in the shadow of Stalinism.

Akhmatova’s work ranges from short lyric poems to intricately structured cycles, such as Requiem (1935–40), her tragic masterpiece about the Stalinist terror. Her work was condemned and censored by Stalinist authorities and she is notable for choosing not to emigrate but to remain in Russia, acting as witness to the atrocities around her.

The Museum

The Museum of Russian Icons's collection of more than 500 Russian icons and artifacts is the largest of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia. Spanning six centuries, the compendium includes important historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon “writing” to the present. The Museum was founded in 2006 as a nonprofit educational institution by Massachusetts industrialist, philanthropist and art collector, Gordon B. Lankton.

The Poems of Akhmatova is co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association and will take place at 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (59+), $2 for students and children aged 3-17, and free for children under 3. Museum admission is free with the reading. Call (978) 598-5000 or go to www.museumofrussianicons.org for details.

 

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