Auf Wiedersehen.Bis Morgen, Gedichte von Wisława Szymborska (1995, Suhrkamp - ‹bertragung Karl Dedecius)Wislawa Symborska, Cracow (Poland), October 23, 2009, Foto: Mariusz Kubik, http://www.mariuszkubik.plEnd and Beginning- The End:
Wisława Szymborska

From
Nurit Kahana, Haifa/Israel, 2.2.2012:

The Lyrikwelt literary website mourns the passing of the renowned Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Literature, as well as Goethe Prize and Herder Prize, to mention but a few.

Szymborska's poetry has become one of the most humanistic, anti-war, conscientiousness-raising voices in the world.

Due to her clear, transparent and concise writing, her message has spread far beyond the literary world. She never used big words needlessly.She communicated with her readers at eye level. Her unrivaled use of language, the gems of vocabulary which are scattered throughout her work, reflect her refined sense of humor as well as her exceptional sophistication.

Szymborska's poetry covers every aspect of the human experience - the extraordinary and the commonplace alike. In one of her iconic poems "The Joy of Writing" she defines her art:

"The joy of writing,
The power of preserving
Revenge of a mortal hand"

For her, writing appears to be a kind of   protest against mortality and the gap between reality and the attempt to capture it with words.

During the last years two documentary movies have been made about Szymborska, (lyrikwelt published information about one of them: "End and Beginning", named after one of the poems:

"After every war
Someone has to clean up.
Things won't
Straighten themselves up, after all"…

Szymborska's poetry manages to surmount barriers imposed by differences in mentality and language, and have been translated into many languages.

A small, elegant, modest woman, she disliked giving interviews. "Contemporary poets are skeptical and suspicious even, or perhaps especially, of themselves. They publicly confess to being poets only reluctantly, as if they were a little ashamed of it. But in our clamorous times, it's much easier to acknowledge your faults, at least if they're attractively packaged, than to recognize your own merits, since these are hidden deeper and you never quite believe in them yourself.."- as she pointedly describes the poet's condition in her Nobel Prize Lecture "The Poet and the World" (December 7, 1996).

Throughout the European and world-wide literary world, her remarkably astute voice will continue to be heard long after her passing.

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