Wisława Szymborska (1923-2012)

To borrow from the lady herself, “they say the first sentence…is always the hardest. Well, that one’s behind me, anyway.” So Wisława Szymborska began the most important speech of her life when she accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. It was light-hearted moments like these that perhaps endeared the humble Polish poet to noted fans like Woody Allen. Though often playful and imaginative, Szymborska’s poetry is hardly light verse, however. 

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