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Questions tagged [wislawa-szymborska]

Questions about the Polish poet, essayist, and translator Wisława Szymborska (1923 – 2012) and her works. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996. Questions about her works originally written in Polish should be tagged with [polish-literature].

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Who is the poet persona from the third stanza of "The terrorist he is watching"

Though looking simple with short dialogues, the poem The Terrorist He Is Watching written by the nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska is not well understood by many, including me. Who actually is (are?) ...
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Why is Szymborska's "Tarsier" sometimes written (in translation) with simplistic grammar?

Szymborska's poem "Tarsier" ("Tarsjusz" in the original Polish) has been translated, in a version that says "Translations and Comments by Magnus J. Krynski and Robert A. ...
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Title of poem by Wisława Szymborska

Does anyone know the title of the poem by Szymborska which contains a line worded something like “whose life has ever turned out as they thought it would anyway”? I believe that the poem was published ...
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Is there any significance to the choice of similes for poetry in "Some Like Poetry"?

The poem "Some Like Poetry" by Polish writer Wislawa Szymborska is a musing lament about the unpopularity of poetry among the general population. The middle verse consists of a series of similes which ...
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