July 30, 2014

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"I Believe": The Poetry of Wislawa Szymborska

There is something almost fragile, something disarmingly vulnerable and at times unwieldy about the poetry of Wislawa Szymborska; fragile, vulnerable, and unwieldy in a similar way to one of Mendelssohn's "Songs without Words." Her sense of irony undercuts any pretension (a vice that she seems completely to lack in herself), and becomes a weapon, deftly cutting and destabilizing any attempt by others to mask the truth.