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ART, Szymborska Wislawa

Wislawa Szymborska: The three oddest words

Claire Henley

When I pronounce the word Future,
the first syllable already belongs to the past.

When I pronounce the word Silence,
I destroy it.

When I pronounce the word Nothing,
I make something no non-being can hold.

By Wislawa Szymborska
Translated by S. Baranczak & C. Cavanagh

 

Wislawa Szymborska

Wislawa Szymborska
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1996

Born: 2 July 1923, Bnin (now Kórnik), Poland

Died: 1 February 2012, Kraków, Poland

Residence at the time of the award: Poland

Prize motivation: “for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality.”

Language: Polish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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