They Came to See a Poet: Selected Poems

Overview

Tadeusz R?zewicz is Poland's most popular and influential poet. Born in 1921, he belongs to the generation of writers whose work was indelibly marked by Poland's traumatic and tragic war-time experience. Rejecting traditional aesthetic values - which struck him as offensive in the face of what he had witnessed - R?zewicz has created a stark, direct poetry rooted in common speech.

Yet R?zewicz's poetry is not confined to recording the horrors of war. 'They Came to See a Poet' ...

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Overview

Tadeusz Rózewicz is Poland's most popular and influential poet. Born in 1921, he belongs to the generation of writers whose work was indelibly marked by Poland's traumatic and tragic war-time experience. Rejecting traditional aesthetic values - which struck him as offensive in the face of what he had witnessed - Rózewicz has created a stark, direct poetry rooted in common speech.

Yet Rózewicz's poetry is not confined to recording the horrors of war. 'They Came to See a Poet' includes poems addressing childhood, friendship, love, eroticism, art, the poet's rôle and obligations, religion, ageing, death and the anxieties of modern civilization. In 2003 Tadeusz Rózewicz was awarded the Montale Prize, the latest of many awards and honours.

Adam Czerniawski, born in Warsaw in 1934, has translated widely from Polish (including 'Selected Poems' by Cyprian Norwid, also from Anvil) as well as publishing original poetry, short stories, criticism and a memoir in his first language. He lives in Wales.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780856462382
  • Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/1991
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Czerniawski, born in Warsaw in 1934, has translated widely from Polish as well as publishing original poetry, short stories, criticism and a memoir in his first language. He lives in Wales.

Born in 1921, Tadeusz Rózewicz fought in the Resistance against the Nazis, and after the war studied art history. He has published numerous collections of poetry, as well as a number of plays. He was awarded the Montale Prize in 2003, the latest of many awards and honours.

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Table of Contents

Mask 33
Mother of the hanged 34
Two verdicts 35
The survivor 36
Purification 37
Living star 38
I see madmen 39
A visit 40
Chestnut 41
The return 42
Mound 43
A shell 44
Abattoirs 45
But whoever sees... 46
What luck 47
Pigtail 48
Massacre of the boys 49
New sun 50
Head in a void 51
Evocation of childhood 52
Witness 53
An old peasant woman walks along the beach 54
The colour of her eyes and questions 58
Warmth 59
A tree 60
My lips 61
Love 1944 63
Who's absent 64
Beyond words 65
Wood 66
Golden mountains 67
Leave us 68
In the midst of life 69
Posthumous rehabilitation 72
Forms 74
The king 75
Job 1957 76
The door 77
A meeting 78
Conversation with the prince 79
The return 83
One can 84
Solution 84
The new man 85
White spots 85
Fear 86
Monuments 87
Completion 88
Shallowly quicker 89
Death 90
It's so hidden 91
Unrecorded epistle 94
New comparisons 95
A fight with an angel 96
Green rose 97
In the light of day 99
To the heart 101
Proposition the second 102
Mars 103
They shed the load 104
A late 19th-century love-poem 105
I was writing 107
Et in arcadia ego 108
'In a cathedral...' 131
Nothing in prospero's cloak 132
At the same time 133
The smile of Leonardo da Vinci 134
A lesson in patience 135
From a biography 137
Laughter 138
The first is hidden 139
Doors 140
I build 141
'The sea at night...' 142
Leda 143
In a strange tongue 144
Penetration 145
Draft for a contemporary love-poem 146
Butterflies 148
Busy with many jobs 152
Capitulation 153
Poem of pathos 154
Proofs 155
In the theatre of shades 156
'He tears easily...' 157
A tale of old women 158
Precis 161
Curtains in my plays 163
Solution 164
I closed my hand 166
Knowledge 168
Upon the departure of a poet and a passenger train 169
Birth of a new poem 170
My poetry 172
On the surface and inside a poem 173
Autumnal 177
Thorn 178
The end 180
Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer 181
Grass 183
Re-education 184
Feeding time 185
'A white night...' 186
'The reality...' 187
Regio 188
I did espy a marvellous monster 198
The rose 201
'I yelled at her...' 203
Descending 205
'That rustle...' 206
'I was sitting in an easy-chair...' 207
Picture 208
'Doors in walls of houses...' 209
'My body...' 210
However, what endures is decreed by poets 212
Photograph 214
'I tried to remember...' 215
Tate gallery shop 216
When writing 219
They came to see a poet 220
Tree-felling 222
Comma 225
Poem 227
Suddenly 229
Without 230
'My time is up...' 232
Just imagine such a thing! 233
Autistic poem 234
Now 240
Francis Bacon or Diego Velazquez in a dentist's chair 241
I have seen him 251
Light, shadow 253
Fleeing from weimar 254
Things fell into place 256
'When the poem ends...' 258
Homework 259
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