Poems, New and Collected, 1957-1997

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Harcourt, Incorporated, 2000 - Poetry - 273 pages
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Described by Robert Hass as "unquestionably one of the great living European poets" and by Charles Simic as "one of the finest poets living today," Szymborska mesmerizes her readers with poetry that captivates their minds and captures their hearts. This is the book that her many fans have been anxiously awaiting-the definitive, complete collection of poetry by the Nobel Prize-winning poet, including 164 poems in all, as well as the full text of her Nobel acceptance speech of December 7, 1996, in Stockholm. Beautifully translated by Stanislaw Bara-nczak and Clare Cavanagh, who won a 1996 PEN Translation Prize for their work, this volume is a must-have for all readers of poetry.

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User Review  - Maggie - Goodreads

I rarely read a book of poems for adults (children's poetry books are different) from cover to cover; usually, I just sample from them, enjoying a poem here and there over a period of time, or (yup ... Read full review

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User Review  - Haley - Goodreads

I didn't quite finish this, as it is quite a large collection, but the ones I read were surprisingly accessible, although perhaps not quite as...though provoking as I thought it would be. As luck would have it, the ones that are are probably the ones I skipped. Read full review

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Wislawa Szymborska was born in Bnin, Poland on July 2, 1923. After the Nazis invaded Poland in September 1939, she found work as a railway clerk to avoid deportation to Germany as a forced laborer. In her free time, she studied at illegal underground universities. After World War II, she resumed her formal studies in Polish literature and sociology at Jagiellonian University, but never earned a degree. In 1945, she published her first poem, I Am Looking for a Word, in a weekly supplement to the local newspaper. Her first book of poetry was published in 1952. Her other volumes of poetry include View with a Grain of Sand, People on a Bridge, Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts: Seventy Poems, and Here. In 1991 she won the Goethe Prize and in 1995 she was awarded the Herder Prize. She won the Nobel Prize for Poetry in 1996 and was awarded The Order of the White Eagle in recognition of her contribution to her country's culture in 2011. From 1953 to 1981, she worked as a poetry editor and columnist for the literary weekly Literary Life, where she wrote a column called Non-Required Reading. She died of lung cancer on February 1, 2012 at the age of 88.

WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA (1923 - 2012) was born in Poland and worked as a poetry editor, translator and columnist. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996.

CLARE CAVANAGH, professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Northwestern, has received a PEN Translation Award for her work, with STANISLAW BARANCZAK, on Szymborska's poetry.

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