The Soviet denouncement of Anna Akhmatova (1946): "Anna Akhmatova is one of the representatives of a reactionary literary quagmire devoid of ideas. . . . The range of her poetry is pitifully limited. This is the poetry of a feral lady from the salons, moving between the boudoir and the prayer stool. It is based on erotic motifs of mourning, melancholy, death, mysticism, and isolation. . .. both nun and whore." And this is about one of the 20th century's greatest poets.