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The Collected Poems: 1956-1998 (edition 2007)

by Zbigniew Herbert

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Title:The Collected Poems: 1956-1998
Authors:Zbigniew Herbert
Info:Ecco (2007), Edition: Hardcover
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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 more difficult, harder--than a Milosz, more 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 more or less my ideal for poetry. Recommended for anyone who's ever tried to read, or has read, Berryman's dream songs and kind of wished they were a little more comprehensible. Particular favorites: Mr Cogito's Abyss; Mr Cogito's Game; Mr Cogito on Upright Attitudes. ( )
  stillatim | Dec 29, 2013 |
There are some brilliant poems in here; in general, the Mr. Cogito selections felt the strongest. ( )
  KatrinkaV | Feb 2, 2012 |
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Measure for measure David Barber, 2/25/07
  choriamblibrary | Mar 3, 2007 |
Great cover by the way. There have already been several collections of Herbert's published poetry. This however is a new translation of not only the already translated poetry but of those collections that have not or not fully been translated. In total there are 9 works and in this volume I have gone through the first 3 which apart from those poems translated by Czeslaw Milosz and Peter Dale Scott in their 'Selected Poems' by Herbert have not seen the light of day in English. So many thanks to the translator Alissa Valles. Of the three so far:

'Chord of light' originally published in 1956 is so far the weakest collection--though everything by Herbert IMO is very good to great. With his second collection--'Hermes, dog and star'-- from 1957 he seems to have gotten his stride. The third 'Study of the object' is just wonderful--especially some of the prose poems. For those who haven't read anything by Herbert--a quick google on the internet will hopefully be enlightening. One should do a search on the poem 'Report from the besieged city' also the title of a collection or do another search on 'Mr. Cogito' the title of yet another collection and a kind of an alter-ego that Herbert would sometimes use. His poetry tends towards lucidity. They are not hard to understand. I find it very beautiful. He and Nicanor Parra IMO are the greatest poets of the 20th century. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060783907, Hardcover)

Zbigniew Herbert is one of the outstanding poets of the last century. This exceptional new translation brings together, for the first time in English in one volume, his entire poetic output - from his first book of poems, "String of Light", in 1956, to his volume, previously unpublished in English, "Epilogue of the Storm". As Joseph Brodsky said of Herbert's "Selected Poems", this definitive collection is 'bound for a much longer haul than any of us can anticipate'.

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Zbigniew Herbert is one of the outstanding poets of the 20th century. This translation brings together his entire poetic output, from his first book of poems 'String of Light' in 1956, to his final volume, 'Epilogue of the Storm'.

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