Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thought for the Day

I've mentioned inspiration. Contemporary poets answer evasively
 when asked what it is, and if it actually exists. It's not that they've 
never known the blessing of this inner impulse. It's jut not easy
 to explain something to someone else
 that you don't understand yourself.
~ Wislawa Szymborska, Poet
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Quoted from Wislawa Szymborska's Nobel Lecture, "The Poet and the World", December 7, 1996

Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996 "for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality."


74 Poems by Wislawa Szymborska (Info Poland Site)

"A Poet of Consciousness: Wislawa Szymborska", The New York Review of Books, April 2013

Obituary at The New York Times

2 comments:

nance.mdr said...

impulse is not the word i would use...

S. Etole said...

Food for thought.