Poems popular New and online Collected, 1957-1997 online

Poems popular New and online Collected, 1957-1997 online

Poems popular New and online Collected, 1957-1997 online

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This definitive edition of Szymborska’s poetry in English includes the 100 poems in View with a Grain of Sand as well as sixty-four newly translated poems and her 1996 Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Translated by Stanislaw Bara«nczak and Clare Cavanagh.

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All poets, according to Wislawa Szymborska, are in a perpetual dialogue with the phrase I don''t know. "Each poem," she writes in her 1996 Nobel Lecture, "marks an effort to answer this statement, but as soon as the final period hits the page, the poet begins to hesitate, starts to realize that this particular answer was pure makeshift, absolutely inadequate." As a self-portrait, at least, this is fairly accurate. From the beginning, Szymborska has indeed wrestled with the demon of epistemology. Yet even in her earliest poems, such as "Atlantis," she delivered her speculations with a human--which is to say, a gently ironic--face:

They were or they weren''t.
On an island or not.
An ocean or not an ocean
Swallowed them up or it didn''t.

Fifteen years later, when her 1972 collection, Could Have, appeared, Szymborska seemed to have made some major inroads into her notorious ignorance. Now she confessed to at least a shred of comprehension, stressing, however, that such knowledge has come at a terrible price: "We read the letters of the dead like helpless gods, / but gods, nonetheless, since we know the dates that follow. / We know which debts will never be repaid. / Which widows will remarry with the corpse still warm." And even in her most recent work, the poet continues to gravitate toward the admirable emptiness of, say, the clouds: "Unburdened by memory of any kind, / they float easily over the facts." Ultimately, though, the joke is on Szymborska, whose poems have grown more witty, more humane, and more tender--in other words, more knowing--with each passing year. remains an excellent point of entry to Szymborska''s oeuvre, but Poems New and Collected is the place to go for a wide-angle view of this superlative and sardonic writer.

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Aging Opera Singer
Alive
Allegro Ma Non Troppo
Among The Multitudes
Archeology
Astonishment
Atlantis
Autotomy
Ballad
Beheading
Birthday
Bodybuilders'' Contest
Born
Brueghel''s Two Monkeys
Buffo
A Byzantine Mosaic
Cat In An Empty Apartment
Cave
Census
The Century''s Decline
Certainty
Children Of Our Age
The Classic
Classifieds
Clochard
Clothes
Clouds
Coloratura
Commemoration
A Contribution Of Statistics
Conversation With A Stone
Could Have
Dinosaur Skeleton
Discovery
An Effort
Elegiac Calculation
The End And The Beginning
Epitaph
Evaluation Of An Unwritten Poem
Experiment
Falling From The Sky
Family Album
A Film From The Sixties
Four A.m.
Frozen Motion
Funeral (1)
Funeral (2)
Going Home
Golden Anniversary
The Great Man''s House
Greeting The Supersonics
Hatred
Hermitage
Hitler''s First Photograph
I Am Too Close ...
I''m Working On The World
In Broad Daylight
In Heraclitus''s River
In Praise Of Dreams
In Praise Of Feeling Bad About Yourself
In Praise Of My Sister
Innocence
Interview With A Child
Into The Ark
The Joy Of Writing
Landscape
A Large Number
Laughter
Lazarus Takes A Walk
Lesson
The Letters Of The Dead
Life While-you-wait
Likeness
Lot''s Wife
Love At First Sight
May 16, 1973
Maybe All This
A Medieval Miniature
Memory Finally
Miracle Fair
A Moment In Troy
The Monkey
Motion
Museum
Negative
No End Of Fun
No Title Required
Notes From A Nonexistent Himalayan Expedition
Nothing Twice
Nothing''s A Gift
Old Folks'' Home
On Death, Without Exaggeration
On The Banks Of The Styx
One Version Of Events
The Onion
An Opinion On The Question Of Pornography
Our Ancestors'' Short Lives
Over Wine
A Palaeolithic Fertility Fetish
Parable
Parting With A View
The People On The Bridge
Pi
Pieta
Plotting With The Dead
Poetry Reading
Portrait Of A Woman
Possibilities
Prologue To A Comedy
Psalm
The Railroad Station
The Real World
Reality Demands
Report From The Hospital
The Rest
Returning Birds
Rubens'' Women
Seance
Seen From Above
Shadow
The Silence Of Plants
Sky
Slapstick
Smiles
Snapshot Of A Crowd
Soliloquy For Cassandra
Some People
Some People Like Poetry
A Speech At The Lost-and-found
Stage Fright
Starvation Camp Near Jaslo
Still
Still Life With A Balloon
The Suicide''s Room
Surplus
Synopsis
A Tale Begun
Tarsier
The Terrorist, He''s Watching
Thank-you Note
Theatre Impressions
Thomas Mann
The Three Oddest Words
To My Friends
To My Heart, On Sunday
Tortures
The Tower Of Babel
Travel Elegy
True Love
Under One Small Star
An Unexpected Meeting
Utopia
Vietnam
View With A Grain Of Sand
Vocabulary
Voices
Warning
Water
We''re Extremely Fortunate
Without A Title
Writing A Resume
Written In A Hotel
Wrong Number
-- Table of Poems from

About the Author

WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA was born in 1923. She has worked as an editor, translator and columnist, though she is best known internationally as a poet. Wislawa was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. She lives in Krakow, Poland.

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