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(01/11/2009) Collected Poems 1956-1998 by Zbigniew Herbert. New York. 2007. Ecco Press. Translated From The Polish & Edited By Alissa Valles. With Additional Translations By Czeslaw Milosz & Peter Dale Scott. Introduction By Adam Zagajewski. keywords: Poetry Poland Translated Literature. 600 pages. Jacket photograph by Anna Beata Bohdziewicz. Jacket design by High Design, NYC. 9780060783907. February 2007.

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   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Herbert's entire poetic output, from his first book of poems, String of Light, in 1956, to his final volume, previously unpublished in English, EPILOGUE OF THE STORM.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 SELECTED 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 from that poverty which every form of human evil finds so congenial. As long as the species exists, this book will be timely.'

Zbigniew Herbert was a spiritual leader of the anticommunist movement in Poland. His work has been translated into almost every European language, and he won numerous prizes, including the Jerusalem Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize. His books include SELECTED POEMS, REPORT FROM THE BESIEGED CITY AND OTHER POEMS, MR COGITO, STILL LIFE WITH A BRIDLE, and KING OF THE ANTS.

 

 

 

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