Anna Akhmatova Requiem Famous Quotes & Sayings

1 Anna Akhmatova Requiem Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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Rainer Maria Rilke sacrificed everything
For his art he dedicated himself
To the Great Work

I admired his single-mindedness
All through my twenties
I argued his case

Now I think he was a jerk
For skipping his daughter's wedding
For fear of losing his focus

He believed in the ancient enmity
Between daily life and the highest work
Or Ruth and the Duino Elegies

It is probably a middle-class prejudice
Of mine to think that Anna Akhmatova
Should have raised her son Lev

Instead of dumping him on her husband's mom
Motherhood is a bright torture she confessed
I was not worthy of it

Lev never considered it sufficient
For her to stand outside his prison
Month after month clutching packages

And composing Requiem for the masses
Edward Hirsch Anna Akhmatova Requiem Sayings By Edward Hirsch: Rainer Maria Rilke sacrificed everythingFor his art he dedicated himselfTo the Great WorkI admired his