There were four of us ...

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When Anna Akhmatova wrote in 1961  ‘there were four of us’, she was referring to a time fifty years before during what came to be known as Russia’s Silver Age when she wrote ‘Three Things Enchanted Him’ – the short poem that had such a profound and long-lasting effect on contemporary poetry with its realism and disaffection about love.

The three contemporaries Akhmatova (pictured, in a painting by her lover – Modigliani) referred to were Boris Pasternak, Osip Mandelstam, and Marina Tsvetaeva – altogether, four stunningly realist, incurably romantic poets who celebrated life, love, and loss across a Europe and a century that were soon to be divided.

On Sunday, 30th January, poet, musician and critic - C.L. Dallat will be presenting a seminar entitled ‘There were four of us’ – a re-run of last year’s highly popular seminar on Russian poets and the winter of 1911, expanded this time to include Boris Pasternak alongside Akhmatova, Mandelstam and Tsvetaeva, at The Troubadour Coffee House in  Earl’s Court, London.

The seminar runs from 12 – 3.30pm, and tickets are £28 (£24 concessions), payable ONLY by cheque, and BY ADVANCE BOOKING ONLY, so do book as soon as possible.

Make your cheque payable to Coffee-House Poetry and send to Anne-Marie Fyfe, Coffee-House Poetry, P.O. Box 16210, London, W4 1ZP

For further details of this, and other Coffee-House Poetry events, and directions to the venue, please see the website at:

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