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Blessed is the nation that in the course of a century could give the world two poets of Czeslaw Milosz's and Zbigniew Herbert's scope. Doubly blessed is the English-reader, for in this volume he gets Zbigniew Herbert's work rendered by Czeslaw Milosz: like the poor, or better yet like nature herself, Polish genius takes care of its own.<P>This collection is bound for a much longer haul than any of us can anticipate. For Zbigniew Herbert's poetry adds to the biography of civilization the sensibility of a man not defeated by the century that has been most thorough, most effective in dehumanization of the species. Herbert's irony, his austere reserve and his compassion, the lucidity of his lyricism, the intensity of his sentiment toward classical antiquity, are not just trappings of a modern poet, but the necessary armor--in his case well-tempered and shining indeed--for man not to be crushed by the onslaught of reality. By offering to his readers neither aesthetic norethical discount, this poet, in fact, saves them frorn that poverty which every form of human eviI finds so congenial. As long as the species exists, this book will be timely.-- Joseph Brodsky

About the Author

Zbigniew Herbert (1924-1998) was a spiritual leader of the anticommunist movement in Poland. His work has been translated into almost every European language; he has won numerous prizes, most recently the Jerusalem Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize. His books include Selected Poems, Report from the Besieged City and Other Poems, Mr. Cogito, Still Life with a Bridle, and the new prose collection The King of the Ants, all available from The Ecco Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780880010993
Translator:
Milosz, Czeslaw
Translator:
Scott, Peter Dale
Translator:
Milosz, Czeslaw
Author:
Herbert, Zbigniew
Author:
Scott, Peter Dale
Publisher:
Ecco Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Copyright:
Series Volume:
98-1012
Publication Date:
19860431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
140
Dimensions:
8.66x6.18x.36 in. .41 lbs.

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