Wisława Szymborska | Critical Essay by Stanislaw Baranczak

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of Wisawa Szymborska.
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Critical Essay by Stanislaw Baranczak

SOURCE: "The Reluctant Poet," in The New York Times Book Review, October 27, 1996, p. 51.

[Below, Baranczak discusses Szymborska's poetics, citing the poet's wisdom for realizing "that what attracts people to poetry today is … its art of asking questions."]

"The Greta Garbo of World Poetry," trumpeted a headline in the Italian daily La Repubblica; it has so far been easily the most amusing among the attempts of the news media worldwide to attach some identity tag to this year's Nobel laureate in literature. What makes the comparison genuinely funny is that it's true and untrue at the same time. Those who know Wislawa Szymborska personally will be the first to admit that she indeed has something of the famous Swede's charm and subtlety. Yet her reticence and dislike of being in the spotlight have never turned her into a recluse. Wit...

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