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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Osidorkiewicz: the webinar featured professors paul slovic and scott slovic who discussed what they term as 'the arithmetic of compassion'. the term itself comes from zbigniew herbert's poem 'mr cogito reads the newspaper'.
Bdstanley: i might complain about polish schools sometimes, but i wasn’t analysing zbigniew herbert’s poems when i was 13. took them two years more to trust us with heaney’s more basic stuff.
Asiyamiya: i would like to describe a light which is being born in me but i know it does not resemble any star for it is not so bright not so pure and is uncertain zbigniew herbert, i would like to describe georgia o'keeffe, light coming on the plains no. ii, 1917
Asiyamiya: the blue winter sky like a stone on which angels sublime and quite unearthly sharpen their wings moving on rungs of radiance on crags of shadow they gradually sink into the imaginary heavens but in another moment they emerge... on the other side of the sky zbigniew herbert, look
Ricdragon: consent to be dazzled! “suddenly awakened intense curiosity, sharp concentration with the senses alarmed, hope for an adventure and consent to be dazzled.” -zbigniew herbert
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A Tragedy
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Among his books he sits all day
To think and read and write;
He does not smell the new-mown hay,
The roses red and white.

I walk among them all alone,
His silly, stupid wife;
The world seems tasteless, dead and done -

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