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Between Fire and SleepEssays on Modern Polish Poetry and Prose$
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Jaroslaw Anders

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300111675

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300111675.001.0001

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Zbigniew Herbert

Zbigniew Herbert

The Darkness of Mr. Cogito

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(p.83) Zbigniew Herbert
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Between Fire and Sleep
Author(s):
Jaroslaw Anders
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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300111675.003.0005

This chapter describes the life and works of Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert. Herbert is credited with almost singlehandedly introducing a whole new poetic idiom and changing the literary sensibility of Polish readers who matured in the turbulent sixties and seventies. It was for this younger group of readers, spared the experience of World War II and the worst excesses of Stalinism, that Herbert's writing became “a prayer of the generation.”

Keywords:   Polish poets, poetry, Polish literature, readers

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