Friday, December 16, 2011

The One with Wislawa Szymborska

I had to think the pronunciation of that name twice.

Anyways, I'm going to start a new poet Nobel laureate! Wislawa Szymborska.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1996 was awarded to Wislawa Szymborska "for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality".

And, according to the faithfull Wikipedia:

Many of her poems feature war and terrorism.[1] In Poland, her books reach sales rivaling prominent prose authors[citation needed] — although she once remarked in a poem entitled "Some like poetry" [Niektórzy lubią poezję] that no more than two out of a thousand people care for the art.

Szymborska frequently employs literary devices such as ironyparadoxcontradiction, and understatement, to illuminate philosophical themes and obsessions. Szymborska's compact poems often conjure large existential puzzles, touching on issues of ethical import, and reflecting on the condition of people both as individuals and as members of human society. Szymborska's style is succinct and marked by introspection and wit.

Seems fun! Personally, in the grand scale of things, I prefer poetesses to poets, so it seams to be exiting. (This is not a discriminatory thing, after all, my two favorite poets are men.)

Check in tommorow to read some Wislawa Szymborska poetry. (By the end of these posts, hopefully I will have written that name so many times that it will run smoothly.)

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