Wislawa Szymborska

(2 July 1923 – 1 February 2012 / Prowent)

Wislawa Szymborska Poems

1. Nieobecność 6/26/2019
2. Abwesenheit 6/26/2019
3. АДСУТНАСЬЦЬ 6/26/2019
4. Bortvaro 6/26/2019
5. Puudumine 6/26/2019
6. Odsutnost 6/26/2019
7. Отсутствие 6/26/2019
8. Ausência 6/26/2019
9. Afwezigheid 6/26/2019
10. Vermeer 9/29/2015
11. Pi 12/4/2015
12. Two Monkeys by Brueghel 9/30/2015
13. Some People 2/3/2012
14. Photograph From September 11 8/22/2014
15. A Great Man's House 2/3/2012
16. Utopia 2/2/2012
17. A 'Thank You' Note 8/26/2015
18. Going Home 1/9/2015
19. Dreams 2/3/2012
20. Identification 2/3/2012
21. Miracle Fair 2/3/2012
22. Children Of Our Age 2/3/2012
23. Clouds 2/3/2012
24. First Love 7/10/2015
25. The Silence Of Plants 2/3/2012
26. Advertisement 2/3/2012
27. Could Have 2/3/2012
28. Three Oddest Words 2/3/2012
29. On Death, Without Exaggeration 2/3/2012
30. Hatred 3/14/2015
31. Negative 2/3/2012
32. The Joy Of Writing 2/3/2012
33. Poetry Reading 2/3/2012
34. Consolation 2/3/2012
35. True Love 2/3/2012
36. Birthday 2/3/2012
37. Nothing Twice 2/3/2012
38. Possibilities 2/3/2012
39. The End And The Beginning 2/3/2012
40. Tortures 1/13/2003

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  • Monika (11/30/2018 4:40:00 AM)

    Regarding crediting the translator - Szymborska had her poems printed in Polish and English, there are bi-lingual books available that has been printed under her supervision.

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  • Marion Chasteau (8/31/2018 4:57:00 PM)

    This poet is no more. I am looking for her poem 'Life while you wait'

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  • Merrill Leffler (4/23/2018 9:24:00 AM)

    I love Szymborska's poems — however, they are a collaboration between poet and translator (s) and unless I'm missing it, you don't credit the translators.

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  • Amanda Funmilayo Adebakin (12/5/2017 1:37:00 PM)

    I actually think there is a lot of things to learn from this reading alone.
    At first it was hard to pronounce and spell WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA, but now i know how to.
    there is a lot of things to actually concenterate on in this poem, by the sides i love poem that cracks the brain open.
    the idea of this poem is the most incredible poetry writing i have ever read.
    this one is better than the other ones i have read all ready, this is in credible and brilliant.

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  • Amanda funmilayo adebakin (12/5/2017 1:27:00 PM)

    This poem is a very great stuff to put all your mind and imagination into to understand, i love it.

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  • Chris Long (9/21/2017 9:34:00 AM)


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  • Justaname Parer (5/14/2005 4:55:00 AM)


    I have also seen 'Any case' translated like this:

    'Could have'

    It could have happened.
    It had to happen.
    It happened earlier. Later.
    Nearer. Farther off.
    It happened, but not to you.

    You were saved because you were the first.
    You were saved because you were the last.
    Alone. With others.
    On the right. On the left.
    Because it was raining. Because of the shade.
    Because the day was sunny.

    You were in luck - there was a forest.
    You were in luck - there were no trees.
    You were in luck - a rake, a hook, a beam, a brake,
    A jamb, a turn, a quarter-inch, an instant...

    So you're here? Still dizzy from
    another dodge, close shave, reprieve?
    One hole in the net and you slipped through?
    I couldn't be more shocked or
    how your heart pounds inside me.

    Wislawa Szymborska, 'Could have', in View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems, trans. Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh, Harcourt Brace & Company, New York,1996, pp.65-66.

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Best Poem of Wislawa Szymborska

Some Like Poetry

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 ...

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Hunger Camp At Jaslo

Write it. Write. In ordinary ink
on ordinary paper: they were given no food,
they all died of hunger. "All. How many?
It's a big meadow. How much grass
for each one?" Write: I don't know.
History counts its skeletons in round numbers.
A thousand and one remains a thousand,
as though the one had never existed:
an imaginary embryo, an empty cradle,