Choice of essays- Translated by Karolina Krasuska and Jedrzej Burszta
Szymborska’s World. Closing Remarques: Anna Nasiłowska
Szymborska’s World. Closing Remarques
The world of Szymborska’s poetry is a world of a modern rationalist: one amazed by the rules of existence that are not entirely rational, accustomed to classical logic, but perfectly aware that it is not possible to program a better order without making tragic mistakes, since it seems that the mind does not cover everything. The subject matter of Szymborska’s poetry is indeed very broad and often not poetic, but scientific. She wrote about the theory of evolution, the circulation of matter, the rotation of the planet Earth, the intelligence of animals and about wandering clouds. She was also interested in natural history and the history of humanity seen in a nutshell, as a synthesis. Her conclusions were not optimistic, so Szymborska, while never abandoning poetry, would sometimes dabble in futurology. She wrote about death from the point of view of a cat, or about a stone that could not be persuaded to have a conversation. She was also interested in the topics that could have been easily overlooked, as well as in the dates that had been recorded neither in history, nor in personal memory, in the role of coincidence in peoples’ lives, and in what happens behind the scenes and after the end of great conflicts.
She also wrote short treaties on hate and tortures. She was never fooled by arguments forbidding poetry to take on journalistic topics. Throughout her entire life, beginning with the...
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