Anna Ahkmatova (1889-1966): Conflict Poem: To the Londoners (1940)

The twenty-fourth drama of Shakespeare
Time’s writing with its indifferent hand.
We, selves, the guests of the awful Feast here,
Better would read Hamlet, Caesar, and Lear
Over the river, in heavy lead clad;
Better – to bear, with singing and torches,
Juliet, the dove, to her family’s graves,
Peep into windows of Macbeth’s castle godless,
Tremble with scum – hired killers and knaves –
But not this one, Lord… oh, not this...oh, not this, – 
To read this one we already haven’t strengths!
Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, July 2002
Anna:whose poem was written to the Londoners, enduring the Blitz, the bombing by the German air force in 1940.

Akhmatova in 1922 (Portrait by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin)


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I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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1 Response to Anna Ahkmatova (1889-1966): Conflict Poem: To the Londoners (1940)

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