About Anna AkhmatovaRead the most beautiful and best poems of Anna Akhmatova. She was a Russian modernist poet, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon. Akhmatova's work ranges from short lyric poems to intricately structured cycles. Her style, characterised by its economy and emotional restraint, was strikingly original and distinctive to her contemporaries. The strong and clear leading female voice struck a new chord in Russian poetry. Her perennial themes include meditations on time and memory, and the difficulties of living and writing in the shadow of Stalinism.