An Analysis of ‘ You Will Hear Thunder And Remember Me’ By Anna Akhmatova

You will hear thunder and remember me,
And think she wanted storms. The rim
Of the sky will be the color of hard crimson,
And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire.
That day in Moscow, it will all come true.
When, for the last time, I take my leave,
And hasten to the heights that I have longed for
Leaving my show still to be with you.
~Anna Akhmatova (June 23rd 1889- March 5th 1966)

 

This poem written by Anna Akhmatova expresses the writer anger and frustration against Stalin rule in the Soviet Union. From the writer’s biography, we know that she was persecuted and censored under Stalin’s ruler ship. This is further depicted through the writer’s mention of Moscow in the fifth line of the poem.

Structure
The poem is written as two stanza which both consists of four lines. There is no use of rhyme because the topic is quite stark and heavy. The lack of rhyme helps to set the tone of the poem. Furthermore the use of enjambment and frequent line breaks of the poem illustrates  the use of  disruption.This is to express the writers feeling towards Stalin’s ruler ship in which she wants disruption.

Tone

The tone of the poem can be said to be one of vengeance, anger and judgement. There is an element of certainty within this poem. This ambience has been set through the use of lines such as ‘You will’ and ‘And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire’ as well as ‘ That day in Moscow’. This is the writer foretelling the future in an authoritative and unquestionable manner.

Message

The main message of this poem is about legacy. We get a glimpse of how the writer wants to be remembered.  This is expressed through the line:

You will hear thunder and remember me,
And think she wanted storms.

This shows she wants to be remembered as a revolutionary and someone who wanted change. Though these changes may be violent and disruptive  and also inflict fear.

Another line which illustrates the legacy of the writer as someone who was committed to change is illustrated below:

And hasten to the heights that I have longed for
Leaving my show still to be with you.

Poetic Techniques

The poem uses vivid descriptions. The description which resonates with me the most is about the sky which is described as:

the color of hard crimson,

This is symbolic of the bloodshed under Stalin’s leadership. The effect of this blood shed is that inevitably that people’s heart will be on fire. This means when the killings and violence is rampant, then can people’s heart will be passionate about wanting change.

Thank you for reading.

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