Milosz has stated that, “for me, Szymborska is first of all a poet of consciousness
.For unclear reasonshttp://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/articles/packalen/index.html
under unknown circumstances,
the Ideal Being has ceased to be enough for itself.
It could be and be without an end […]
why did it immediately hunt for impressions
in the bad company of materia?
Why did it need worthless
imitators, unlucky creatures
without prospects of eternity? […]
"Plato or why?" in: Chwila, Kraków 2002, translated by Janet Vesterlund
The poems about the deeply human have a very suggestive message:
the chilling feeling and indifference toward others' suffering.
Her poem "Still" is especially expressive in this context, where she creates in the very first lines an almost anguished expressionistic situation: a train is on its way somewhere but no one steps off because the freight cars are hermetically sealed and the passengers – symbolically represented by Jewish names – can not determine the direction of the trip.http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-3232,36-971893,0.html
Saturday, October 27, 2007
A Domestication of Death: The Poetic Universe of Wislawa Szymborska