Wislawa Szymborska

(2 July 1923 – 1 February 2012 / Prowent)

Some Like Poetry - Poem by Wislawa Szymborska

Some -
thus not all. Not even the majority of all but the minority.
Not counting schools, where one has to,
and the poets themselves,
there might be two people per thousand.

Like -
but one also likes chicken soup with noodles,
one likes compliments and the color blue,
one likes an old scarf,
one likes having the upper hand,
one likes stroking a dog.

Poetry -
but what is poetry.
Many shaky answers
have been given to this question.
But I don't know and don't know and hold on to it
like to a sustaining railing.


Translated by Regina Grol


Comments about Some Like Poetry by Wislawa Szymborska

  • (6/14/2018 12:19:00 AM)


    Oh, is this gooood
    Like hot chicken soup
    Comforting and beautiful,
    Sustaining, the inscrutable
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  • Jeanette Telusma (8/11/2017 10:42:00 PM)


    A poem of truth... we are all one but yet our realities and perceptions differ. We all have an answer of the meaning of Poetry but yet no two answers are alike. Here lies no right or wrong answers. A beautiful philosophical poem. Enjoyed much. (Report) Reply

  • Laurie Van Der Hart (8/20/2016 1:29:00 PM)


    This is so true. Many people are afraid of poetry.And those of us who like it - it's hard to say exactly why. No doubt the poem comes across better still in Polish. (Report) Reply

  • Dutendra Chamling (10/27/2015 8:47:00 PM)


    ...Like -
    but one also likes chicken soup with noodles,
    one likes compliments and the color blue,
    one likes an old scarf,
    one likes having the upper hand, ...
    Wonderful poem!
    one likes stroking a dog.
    (Report) Reply

  • (3/20/2015 2:43:00 AM)


    In fact it is the truth in the poem. Likes very much. (Report) Reply

  • (7/12/2014 3:25:00 PM)


    i like it!
    each person defines poetry in their own way....
    awsm write.... :)
    (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (7/12/2014 10:09:00 AM)


    compliments and color blue, good one. (Report) Reply

  • (7/12/2014 5:21:00 AM)


    Yes in good and bad times, Poetry does sustain, with it's sometimes happy, sometimes sad refrain.
    Very profound and touching poem
    (Report) Reply

  • (7/12/2014 4:42:00 AM)


    A poet I know, who impresses with her own style and voice.. (Report) Reply

  • (7/8/2014 3:21:00 PM)


    a very important topic. We must try to write poetry that more people will like! (Report) Reply

  • (7/12/2013 2:53:00 AM)


    Poetry makes the world spin in truths. (Report) Reply

  • Rajendran Muthiah (7/15/2012 6:13:00 PM)


    one likes soup, stroking a dock but runs off seeing poets because the poets are mad. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (7/12/2012 9:03:00 AM)


    Nice. Very nice. Actually so straight the realisation, naturally the expression becomes much lucid. And it is the beauty of this writing............Regards, Pranab k c (Report) Reply

  • (2/8/2012 11:09:00 PM)


    I love poetry. But, of course, I'm a poet (-ess) . And I love this poem about poetry. Thanks for sharing it. voted 10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 15, 2015


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