Wislawa Szymborska

(2 July 1923 – 1 February 2012 / Prowent)

Under One Small Star - Poem by Wislawa Szymborska

My apologies to chance for calling it necessity.
My apologies to necessity if I'm mistaken, after all.
Please, don't be angry, happiness, that I take you as my due.
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Comments about Under One Small Star by Wislawa Szymborska

  • (8/15/2017 9:03:00 AM)

    So beautiful!!! (Report) Reply

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  • Rebecca Navarre (6/24/2017 11:40:00 PM)

    My Heart And Soul Connected To Every Word! ! ! ! ! ! Ever So Felt And Heard! ! ! ! !
    Agree With Judith! ! ! ! ! Absolutely Amazing! ! ! ! ! One Of The Most Greatest Beautifully
    Touching Poems I've Ever Read! ! ! ! ! Endless 10S! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ++++++
    Definite Favs! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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  • Dutendra Chamling (10/27/2015 9:12:00 PM)

    I apologies for my lateness to read this poem.
    What a poem!
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  • (7/4/2014 9:10:00 AM)

    The poem under one small star is most beautiful and apologies for different events in life even for a felled tree that used to the table is wonderfully felt. (Report) Reply

  • Dawn Fuzan (5/14/2014 4:51:00 PM)

    Wislawa This is an interesting piece of poetry keep it up (Report) Reply

  • (3/5/2014 5:33:00 PM)

    I love this! ! ! ! ! beyond words (Report) Reply

  • (2/11/2012 11:32:00 AM)

    we will miss u Szymborska! RIP! (Report) Reply

  • Ahmad Shiddiqi (10/9/2008 11:16:00 PM)

    humbly wonderful! keep writing! could you read and comment on my poems too? (Report) Reply

  • (7/1/2008 7:27:00 PM)

    I'm Polish so i can read Szymborska's poems in original. And what I think about this poem (after re-reading it in Polish) it's that it is about ourselves. We all think that our matters are the most important. As the humanity thinks that solar system is the centre of the universe. Everyone lives under 'one small star' which twinkles outside his or her window. And this poem is about it - about the shame and comprehention. Every person has its own universe... (sorry for mistakes - English is not my mother language) . (Report) Reply

  • (5/20/2008 11:16:00 PM)

    I think Szymborska, steeped in the history of her country, knows the world hard but also knows she has to live beyond its horrors. Her way is by being a poet. The last two lines express her joy almost beyond guilt in making a poem even out of tragedy. (Report) Reply

  • (2/24/2006 1:40:00 PM)

    This woman is one of my favorite contemporary poets. This poem amuses me because it is so guilt laden. And Ria, those last two lines are what we as poets so often do. We take heavythoughts, heavy words and make them light and lovely. She lashes out at her poet self for doing just that. I find a lot of irony within this poem...possibly much of her culture woven in, as well.

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  • (10/31/2005 3:33:00 PM)

    I have no comments at this moment, except for the fact that the poem touches my heart. I have a question: what does the two last lines of the poem mean? Can anyone explain them to me. (Report) Reply

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