Who is Zbigniew Herbert

Zbigniew Herbert (IPA: [ˈzbiɡɲɛf ˈxɛrbɛrt] (listen); 29 October 1924 – 28 July 1998) was a Polish poet, essayist, drama writer and moralist. He is one of the best known and the most translated post-war Polish writers. While he was first published in the 1950s (a volume titled Chord of Light was issued in 1956), soon after he voluntarily ceased submitting most of his works to official Polish government publications. He resumed publication in the 1980s, initially in the underground press. Since the 1960s, he was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in literature. His books have been translated into 38 languages.Herbert claimed to be a distant relative of the 17th-century Anglo-Welsh poet George Herbert.Herbert was educated as an economist and a lawyer. Herbert was one of the ...
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Zbigniew Herbert Poems

  • A Knocker
    There are those who grow
    gardens in their heads
    paths lead from their hair
    to sunny and white cities ...
  • Report From Paradise
    In paradise the work week is fixed at thirty hours
    salaries are higher prices steadily go down
    manual labour is not tiring (because of reduced gravity)
    chopping wood is no harder than typing ...
  • Three Poems By Heart

    I can't find the title
    of a memory about you ...
  • From The Top Of The Stairs
    Of course
    those who are standing at the top of the stairs
    they know everything ...
  • Daedalus And Icarus
    Daedalus says:

    Go on sonny but remember that you are walking and not flying
    the wings are just an ornament and you are stepping on a meadow ...
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Earth 11 Water 10 White 9 Head 9 Time 9 Black 9 City 9 Light 9 Long 9 Sea 8

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Koolhead17: to reach the source, you have to swim against the current. only trash swims downstream. -- zbigniew herbert
Infinita_fiori: it did not take any great character our refusal dissent and persistence we had a scrap of necessary courage but essentially it was a matter of taste. zbigniew herbert, the power of taste
Christosganos: it was surprising to see this little fellow at boston logan airport at the gate area…but perhaps a reminder of herbert zbigniew’s passage from his report from the besieged city… “empty storehouses a rat became the unit of currency…”
Drewdles305: zbigniew herbert’s encounter with spinoza
Benwilko85: in every generation there are those who with stubbornness worthy of a better cause wish to rip poetry from the claws of the everyday — zbigniew herbert, ‘mr cogito, ars longa’
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John Greenleaf Whittier Poem
The Light That Is Felt
 by John Greenleaf Whittier

A tender child of summers three,
Seeking her little bed at night,
Paused on the dark stair timidly.
'Oh, mother! Take my hand,' said she,
'And then the dark will all be light.'

We older children grope our way
From dark behind to dark before;

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