Wisława Szymborska | Critical Review by Helen Vendler

This literature criticism consists of approximately 11 pages of analysis & critique of Wisława Szymborska.
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SOURCE: Vendler, Helen. Review of View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems, by Wisława Szymborska. New Republic 214, no. 1 (1 January 1996): 36-39.

In the following review of View with a Grain of Sand, Vendler observes Szymborska's capacity to universalize as she details life's perplexing balance of joy and suffering.

“Again, and as ever, … the most pressing questions / are naïve ones.” The remarkable poet Wislawa Szymborska closes, with this remark, a late poem, “The Century's Decline,” on the collapse of Marxist utopian hopes, after uttering one of her deliberately “naïve” questions: “How should we live?” Szymborska, one of a generation of notable Polish poets (she was born in 1923), was brought to American attention by Czeslaw Milosz in his history of Polish poetry...

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