The Collected Poems, 1956-1998

The Collected Poems, 1956-1998 By Zbigniew Herbert Alissa Valles Adam Zagajewski, The Collected Poems This outstanding new translation brings a uniformity of voice to Zbigniew Herbert s entire poetic output from his first book of poems String of Light in to his final volume previously unpubl
  • Title: The Collected Poems, 1956-1998
  • Author: Zbigniew Herbert Alissa Valles Adam Zagajewski
  • ISBN: 9780060783952
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Collected Poems, 1956-1998 By Zbigniew Herbert Alissa Valles Adam Zagajewski, This outstanding new translation brings a uniformity of voice to Zbigniew Herbert s entire poetic output, from his first book of poems, String of Light, in 1956, to his final volume, previously unpublished in English, Epilogue Of the Storm Collected Poems 1956 1998, as Joseph Brodsky said of Herbert s SSelected Poems, is bound for a much longer haul than any of us can aThis outstanding new translation brings a uniformity of voice to Zbigniew Herbert s entire poetic output, from his first book of poems, String of Light, in 1956, to his final volume, previously unpublished in English, Epilogue Of the Storm Collected Poems 1956 1998, as Joseph Brodsky said of Herbert s SSelected Poems, is bound for a much longer haul than any of us can anticipate He continues, For Zbigniew Herbert s poetry adds to the biography of civilization the sensibility of a man not defeated by the century that has been most thorough, most effective in dehumanization of the species Herbert s irony, his austere reserve and his compassion, the lucidity of his lyricism, the intensity of his sentiment toward classical antiquity, are not just trappings of a modern poet, but the necessary armor in his case well tempered and shining indeed for man not to be crushed by the onslaught of reality By offering to his readers neither aesthetic nor ethical discount, this poet, in fact, saves them frorn that poverty which every form of human evil finds so congenial As long as the species exists, this book will be timely.
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    1. Zbigniew Herbert Alissa Valles Adam Zagajewski

      Zbigniew Herbert was a Polish poet, essayist, drama writer, author of plays, and moralist He is one of the best known and the most translated post war Polish writers.

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    1. Translator s NoteIntroduction, by Adam Zagajewski Chord of Light 1956 Hermes, Dog and Star 1957 Study of the Object 1961 Inscription 1969 Mr Cogito 1974 Report from a Besieged City 1983 Elegy for the Departure 1990 Rovigo 1992 Epilogue to a Storm 1998 NotesZbigniew Herbert A ChronologyIndex of Titles and First Lines


    2. At night the poet buildsa paradise for his dead Born from the suffering and slaughter of his countrymen under the totalitarian rule of both the Nazi s and the Communists alike, Zbigniew Herbert, the Polish born warrior of words, inks out powerful testimonies to the human race To read Herbert is to join him, hand in hand, on his long walks down avenues of burned houses and broken glass as he pays homage to the fallen and tries to squeeze bright drops of hope from the darkness Herbert writes in a [...]


    3. The poet Robert Hass calls him one of the most influential European poets of the last half century, an ironist and a minimalist who writes as if it were the task of the poet, in a world full of loud lies, to say what is irreducibly true in a level voice Stephen Stepanchev describes Herbert as a witness to his time, and Stephen Miller calls him a political poet whose subdued and casual poems shun both hysteria and apocalyptic intensity Zbigniew Herbert is an avant garde poet whose experiments and [...]


    4. Herbert s poetry gives a unique combination of emotion and aesthetic that strikes and fascinates me Despite being so lusciously eloquent and soaked with art references, these poems engage on a very tangible, human level Interlacing historical events and general anthropology, Herbert goes beyond specific social and cultural contexts and takes on the challenge of understanding our moral obligations towards ourselves and other people and tries to figure out to what degree we are bounded by them Her [...]


    5. 4.5 5Favorite poems To ApolloTo Marcus AureliusOn a RoseArchitectureWarsaw CemetaryTestamentNike Who HesitatesI Would Like To DescribeA KnockerRosy EarSubstanceThe Return of the ProconsulPreliminary Investigation of an AngelReport From ParadiseCernunnosCuratia DionisiaLivy s MetamorphosesJourneyWagonMademoiselle CordayA Mirror Wanders the Road living despiteliving againstI reproach myself with the sin of forgetting you left an embrace like a needless sweatera gaze like a question our hands won t [...]


    6. For anyone who s ever tried to express the inexpressible I Would Like to DescribeZbigniew Herbert, 1924 1998I would like to describe the simplest emotionjoy or sadnessbut not as others doreaching for shafts of rain or sunI would like to describe a lightwhich is being born in mebut I know it does not resembleany starfor it is not so brightnot so pureand is uncertainI would like to describe couragewithout dragging behind me a dusty lionand also anxietywithout shaking a glass full of waterto put it [...]


    7. As I already said much of what I would say about Herbert s poetry in my review of Mr Cogito included in this, the collected works , I ll leave it at that Suffice it to say that I enjoy Herbert s gentle humor, introspective bent, love of art and mythology, and habit of slowing me down as a reader by not using much in the way of periods, commas, or capital letters I take on the burden of careful reader, instead, and I can t do that very well unless I slow down and reread something every poet would [...]


    8. A beautiful collection of poetry that bleeds open like a window to the life that sits behind the words I am in no fair position to judge the translation of the work, but the work in itself, separate from comparison with the original, rings true as a subtle but profound human expression Although the whole book is worth its labour in reading, it is the mid section that conceals the peak of poetical prowess starting with Mr Cogito Here the real insistence on deploring the world and it dehumanising [...]


    9. I cheated, and have read alot of his verse online and in anthologies.Here s one I love Silk of a SoulNeverdid I speak with hereither about loveor about deathonly blind tasteand mute touchused to run between uswhen we absorbed in ourselveswe lay closeI mustpeek inside herto see what she wearsat her centrewehn she sleptwith her lips openI peekedand whatand whatwould you thinkI caught sight ofI was expectingbranchesI was expectinga birdI was expectinga houseby a lake great and silentbut thereon a g [...]


    10. I really dig this guy, and not only because he looks like a Polish Frank Sinatra on the cover of this book Here s an excerpt though they re not all this short, humorous, or prose y Dwarfs Dwarfs grow in the forest They have a peculiar smell and white beards They appear alone If a cluster of them could be gathered, dried, and hung over the door we might have some peace.



    11. THREE POEMS BY HEART 1 I cannot find the title for a memory of you with a hand torn from the dark I move on the remains of faces faint profiles of friendsfroze into hard outlines revolving around my head empty as the wind s forehead the silhouette of a black paper man2ving despiteliving against I reproach myself with the sin of forgetting you left an embrace like a needless sweater a gaze like a question our hands won t pass on the shape ofyour hands we let them go to waste touching common thing [...]


    12. Complex poems most need several readings But they are written by a poet who is exploring a complex and very dark world around him, not one writing self absorbed confessional or abstract language poetry My favorites are the Mr Cogito poems, for their somewhat whimsical gloss on serious reflections The early poems are interesting for completeness, but Herbert seems to really find his voice in the third book, Study of the Object Its short prose poems, which I usually don t like, are wonderful.Of co [...]


    13. NEVER OF YOU I never have the courage to speak of you vast sky of my neighborhood nor you roofs holding off cascades of air lovely downy roofs the hair of our homes Nor you chimneys laboratories of sorrow spurned by the moon stretching out necks Nor of you windows opened and closed which burst when we are dying overseas I cannot even describe the house which knows all my escapes and my returnsthough so small it stays under my shut eyelidnothing can render the smell the green curtainthe creak of [...]


    14. Zbigniew Herbert s poetry, even in translation, is remarkably fluid, simple, and subtle Herbert s poems are typically unpunctuated, giving them a sense of flow and fluidity There is a gentle surrealist element in his poems that illuminate or extend quotidian experience, as in Wooden Bird Herbert lived during both the Nazi and Soviet occupation of Poland and themes of violence and oppression crop up throughout his work, as in the striking Five Men about an execution, and The Rain about the narrat [...]


    15. So far I ve read only Mr Cogito, from 1974, but I feel comfortable saying that it s one of the better books of late twentieth century poetry I ve read Harder not difficult, harder than a Milosz, intellectual and open to the world the actual world, I mean, i.e other people, ideas, history etc than the current crop of American chamomile tea sipping navel gazers, but eminently readable Yes, that s or less my ideal for poetry Recommended for anyone who s ever tried to read, or has read, Berryman [...]



    16. Magnificent Such a beautiful collection, Cogito I feel that I know you Some of these were extremely memorable, the professor turning into a bug, the spinning over Nefertiti s head, lots of buttons, eyelids and nails What could you want from poetry than this I loved it


    17. Me han gustado, sobre todo, sus poemas en prosa Es brillante, al tiempo que spero Pero es esa aspereza la que lo hace distinto Muy bien.


    18. I am loving the depth and breadth of this collection, Herbert is independent, brilliant, ironic, wary, a bit conetmptuous, and pained Lovely



    19. Valles translations don t quite stand up to Carpenters or Milosz s but many or most of the poems aren t available by the Carpenters or Milosz.


    20. Hello and welcome to the longest review I have ever written, with apologies read it in bits, as I wrote it, as I read and re read this collection over a period of four months July 31, 2012Almost exactly fourteen years ago, I sat in the sun drenched backyard of the woman who had introduced me to Zbigniew Herbert and read his obituary in the New York Times It was a strange sensation with the help of the best English teacher ever, I spent the summer after graduating high school revising a terrible, [...]


    21. Okay, that s probably a lifetime s worth of Polish poetry for me I feel wholly inadequate to evaluate the merits of Herbert s poetry mostly I just let it wash over me Sometimes the word choice seemed a bit overly academic but I couldn t tell if that was due to the translation.The Stars Chosen Ones That s a poetnot an angelhe has no wingsjust a plumedright hand first five lines Meditations on Father His face menacing in a cloud over the waters of childhood so seldom he held my warm head in his ha [...]


    22. The only thing I can say is that reading this book filled me with such gorgeous, conflicted thoughts that I could not put it down His readiness to revise and interpret the immense tragedy and joy of living reflects itself in his poetry s stillness Not stillness in the boring sense, but the stillness that contemplation demands Each word is fraught with something I cannot define, so perhaps it is simply enough to say that I read it, I loved it, and recommend it to anyone who wants to feel and to f [...]


    23. Zbigniew Herbert writes with an incredible mix of utter irony and absolute vulnerability His poems go right to the heart You don t have to know the history, the war, the post war contexts for his poems, you just have to love poetry to be able to enter into his world on the page.I ve learned so much from him about sadness and redemption, brutality and every day beauty I read his poems slowly Every month or so, take one of several of his books I have off the shelf, open to a favorite and sit with [...]


    24. This is the most complete collection in English of one of the great Polish poets Most initial reviews expressed some problems with the translations, and there is the definite sense that it s not as well translated as previous small collections of his work However, the translations are still quite good, and this collection includes a great many poems not previously available to an English speaking audience.


    25. This is a wonderful collection of poems which I am really glad I read The poets use of language in engaging the world, his life, and the world of the mind captured very well in the Mr Cogito poems are strong and stay with you I will go back and back to these poems, especially his ones dealing with grief, and the modern world The poet writes out of the reality of grappling with death and evil and war and violence And yet he can gently be held by the beauty and tenderness of the world.


    26. FISH The sleep of fish is beyond imagination Even in the darkest corner ofa pond, among the reeds, their rest is a waking they hold the same positionfor an eternity and it is absolutely impossible to say of them their headshit the pillow Their tears too are like a cry in the wilderness numberless Fish can t express their despair with a gesture This justifies the bluntknife that skips along their spine ripping the sequins of scales.


    27. I bought this book after much resistance I loved the Carpenter translations, and didn t want them messed with by someone new But I m going to try this one can never have too much of Herbert s poems He is one of perhaps five of the most important poets of the latter 20th century this may understate his importance I love him.The pic on the cover is the best author photo I ve seen.


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