Wisława Szymborska | Critical Essay by David Streitfield

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Wisawa Szymborska.
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Critical Essay by David Streitfield

SOURCE: "Szymborska? It Means 'Famous'," in Washington Post, October 4, 1996, pp. F1, F3.

[Below, Streitfield introduces the Nobel Prize winner to English-speaking readers.]

Vihs-WAH-vah sheem-BOHR-skah.

Pronouncing the name of the 1996 Nobel laureate in literature is the hardest part. Once that's done, Wislawa Szymborska's poetry slips down like melted snow. From "Writing a Résumé":

    Concise, well-chosen facts are de rigueur.
    Landscapes are replaced by addresses,
    shaky memories give way to unshakable dates.
 
    Of all your loves, mention only the marriage;
    of all your children, only those who were born.

To praise the Polish poet, the...

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