ON THE LIMITS OF MAN’S ABILITY TO KNOW THE NATURE OF REALITY: SZYMBORSKA POEM

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View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems

Wislawa Szymborska (Author)

Product Details:

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition
  • May 26, 1995
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780156002165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156002165

“We’re extremely fortunate”

by Wislawa Szymborska

We’re extremely fortunate
A poem by Wislawa Szymborska

1996: Widok z ziarnkiem piasku (“View with a Grain of Sand”)

We’re extremely fortunate
not to know precisely
the kind of world we live in.

One would have
to live a long, long time,
unquestionably longer
than the world itself.

Get to know other worlds,
if only for comparison.

Rise above the flesh,
which only really knows
how to obstruct
and make trouble.

For the sake of research,
the big picture
and definitive conclusions,
one would have to transcend time,
in which everything scurries and whirls.

From that perspective,
one might as well bid farewell
to incidents and details.

The counting of weekdays
would inevitably seem to be
a senseless activity;

dropping letters in the mailbox
a whim of foolish youth;

the sign “No Walking on the Grass”
a symptom of lunacy.

Major works:

  • 1952: Dlatego żyjemy (“That’s Why We Are Alive”)
  • 1954: Pytania zadawane sobie (“Questioning Yourself”)
  • 1957: Wołanie do Yeti (“Calling Out to Yeti”)
  • 1962: Sól (“Salt”)
  • 1966: 101 wierszy (“101 Poems”)
  • 1967: Sto pociech (“No End of Fun”)
  • 1967: Poezje wybrane (“Selected Poetry”)
  • 1972: Wszelki wypadek (“Could Have”)
  • 1976: Wielka liczba (“A Large Number”)
  • 1986: Ludzie na moście (“People on the Bridge”)
  • 1989: Poezje: Poems, bilingual Polish-English edition
  • 1992: Lektury nadobowiązkowe (“Non-required Reading”)
  • 1993: Koniec i początek (“The End and the Beginning”)
  • 1996: Widok z ziarnkiem piasku (“View with a Grain of Sand”)
  • 1997: Sto wierszy – sto pociech (“100 Poems – 100 Happinesses”)
  • 2002: Chwila (“Moment”)
  • 2003: Rymowanki dla dużych dzieci (“Rhymes for Big Kids”)
  • 2005: Dwukropek (“Colon”)
  • 2009: Tutaj (“Here”)

Prizes and awards:

View with a Grain of SandSelected Poems

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