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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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Wislawa Szymborska

Wislawa Szymborska

The Power of Preserving

(p.113) Wislawa Szymborska
Between Fire and Sleep
Jaroslaw Anders
Yale University Press

This chapter describes the life and works of Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996. With a literary career spanning more than fifty years, she acknowledges only some two hundred of her poems collected in several slender volumes. Her body of work displays unusual diversity and polychromy, and defies all the usual terms (classicist, linguistic, moralist) used to classify Polish writers of her generation. She practices isolation both in her writing and in her life, avoiding autobiography and remaining intensely private.

Keywords:   Polish poets, poetry, Polish literature, women poets

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