- By Zbigniew Herbert

Report from the Besieged City and Other Poems

  • Title: Report from the Besieged City and Other Poems
  • Author: Zbigniew Herbert
  • ISBN: 9780880010948
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Paperback
  • Report from the Besieged City and Other Poems Report from the Besieged City is another tour de force by eminent Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert His familiar alter ego Mr Cogito is the subject of a third of the poems in this collection and these

    Report from the Besieged City is another tour de force by eminent Polish poet, Zbigniew Herbert His familiar alter ego, Mr Cogito, is the subject of a third of the poems in this collection, and these easily stand up as well as the Cogito poems we are familiar with from the earlier eponymous collection The rest, often on classical subjects Damastes, the Anabasis, BabyloReport from the Besieged City is another tour de force by eminent Polish poet, Zbigniew Herbert His familiar alter ego, Mr Cogito, is the subject of a third of the poems in this collection, and these easily stand up as well as the Cogito poems we are familiar with from the earlier eponymous collection The rest, often on classical subjects Damastes, the Anabasis, Babylon, Beethoven , are an excellent contrast and complement Herbert is on the top of his form in these poems largely written after Poland was again put under martial law His concerns are always broad, though they are politically oriented here Herbert s precise moral vision is well conveyed in his verses, and it is certainly a voice worth paying attention to The collection is highly recommended

    1 thought on “Report from the Besieged City and Other Poems

    1. Non ho l'occhio per la lettura poetica, nè forse l'attenzione adeguata. Quindi mi mancano gli strumenti per la decrittazione completa. Di tutto questo testo mi viene da salvare qualche prosa, piu' intelleggibile di altre, alcune poesie relative al signor Cogito, nonchè la squisita introduzione di Brodskij. Molta mitologia. La vita di Herbert è da conoscere, la postfazione della raccolta ne rende testimonianza.

    2. permettimi di sederti accanto […]un po’ berremoe un po’ filosoferemoe forse entrambiche siamo fatti di sangue e di illusioneci libereremo alla finedell’opprimente leggerezza dell’apparenza(La parabola di re Mida, p. 35)

    3. Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert is considered one of the "War Generation of writers in Poland . . . sometimes referred to as the Generation of 'Kolumbowie' or Columbuses" (Introduction, pii). Though his poetry directly addresses Polish repression suffered under both Hitler and Stalin, Herbert paints his poem-portraits using a broad brush - - spanning multiple invasions and struggles; over decades, if not centuries of time. One device he uses is the frequent appearances of a Mr. Cognito - - "a pseud [...]

    4. Only a 4 to distinguish it from the greatness of Mr. Cogito.Let's be clear, the poems would be great on their own, but the fact that they were written by a white-haired elfin man by the name of Zbigniew gives them an extra something.

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