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(ăk`mēĭsts), school of Russian poets started in 1912 by Sergei M. Gorodetsky and Nikolai Stepanovich GumilevGumilev, Nikolai Stepanovich
, 1886–1921, Russian poet. With his wife, the poet Anna Akhmatova, and Gorodetsky Gumilev, he founded the Acmeist school of poetry in 1912.
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 as a reaction against the mysticism of the symbolists. The school aspired to concreteness of imagery and clarity of expression. The leading Acmeists were Gumilev, Anna AkhmatovaAkhmatova, Anna
, pseud. of Anna Andreyevna Gorenko
, 1888–1966, Russian poet of the Acmeist school. Her brief lyrics, simply and musically written in the tradition of Pushkin, attained great popularity. Her themes were personal, emotional, and often ironic.
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, and Osip MandelstamMandelstam, Osip Emilyevich
, 1892–1938, Russian poet. Mandelstam was a leader of the Acmeist school. He wrote impersonal, fatalistic, meticulously constructed poems, the best of which are collected in Kamen [stone] (1913) and Tristia (1922).
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See L. I. Strakhovsky, Craftsmen of the Word: Three Poets of Modern Russia.

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During these few years, everyone congregated there--Symbolists, Acmeists, Expressionists, Dadaists, zaurn poets, Futurists, Cubists, Cubo-Futurists.
The most active scene was at the Fantastic Tavern, however, which was owned by Acmeist poet Yuri Degen and composer Sandro Korona.
Together with Mikhail Zenkevich (one of the early acmeists (2)), Kashkin introduced Russian readers to the finest works of T.
He belonged to several groups of poets, including the Acmeists, the Islanders (Ostrovitiane), and the Association for Real Art, usually known by its Russian acronym OBERIU.
Roberts is well aware that all these traits also occur in Gogol, Zoshchenko, and various futurists and acmeists, as well as all over world literature, old and modern.
The fact that many of the traits found in the works of the oberiuty also appear in futurist and acmeist writers is duly noted, as are occasional echoes of Russian formalism.
The natives rejected this culture and this civilization, retaining a respect for czarist arts and letters or Petersburg-Leningrad culture at best; but these were decimated during the Stalinist purges, and only echoes of the Acmeists, Bely, Chekhov, and the like were recognized as culture.
Akhmatova's first husband, Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev (1886-1921), founder of the "Poet's Guild" and one of the leading Acmeists (a movement which defined itself in opposition to Symbolism and strove for formal perfection), was arrested in 1921 for political conspiracy against the communists, was sentenced to death and shot.
A great admirer of the Acmeist poets Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam, Kushner worked to bridge the awful chasm that separated Soviet Russia from its past and to make the poetic values of the Silver Age relevant to contemporary experience.