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3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  403 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The work of one of the greatest poets of the sixteenth century, "Laments" has been beautifully rendered by contemporary poets Stanislaw Baranczak and Seamus Heaney. This poignant series of poems on the death of Kochanowski's young daughter is surprisingly intimate and domestic in nature, expressing a candid grief and an undeniably modern sense of humiliation and religious ...more
Hardcover, 59 pages
Published September 30th 1995 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 1580)
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PGR Nair
Apr 21, 2015 PGR Nair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One of the most renowned poems in Malayalam language, a Dravidian language that happens to be my mother tongue, is ‘Mambazham’ (Mango) written by our great poet Vyloppalli. In this poignant poem, the poet depicts the sorrow and remembrances of a mourning mother who lost her only child. The poem unfolds with the hot tears of a mother tormented by painful memories when she sees the falling of the first golden mango of the season in her residential premise. She remem
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Oct 24, 2011 Ian Grayjoy rated it it was amazing
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The poems in this book lament the death of the writer's 13 year old daughter [ETA: It seems that I remembered her age wrongly and that she was actually about 30 months old.].

They are some of the saddest things I have ever read or contemplated.
Chris Gould
Apr 08, 2012 Chris Gould rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nieszczestne ochedustwo, zalosny ubiory. Mojej namilszej cory! And so goes the rest of this text, as Kochanowski descends into depression following the death of his very young daughter. Moving, indeed. Beautifully written, with an uplifting final passage which suggests there is hope even in the darkest hour. Perhaps he didn't need to write so much on the pity side - there are only so many ways to express a point. The image at the end of his deceased mother holding his deceased daughter is as int ...more
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Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the history of Polish Literture.
Recommended to Czarny by: All of my Polish relatives.
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Anyone with Polish ancestry or close Polish friends should read this slim volume which contains the masterpiece of one of the most important figures in the history of Polish literature. This volume contains a cycle of threnodies or elegies composed following the death of his two and a half year old daughter Urszula.

In the Laments, Kochanowski shows himself to be a man of considerable erudition citing classic authors such as Homer, Cicero and Plutarch and Renaissance poets such as Petrarch and hi
May 02, 2016 Asaria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeżeli jest coś, co treny zrobiły znakomicie, to jest nim uczłowieczenie ludzi epoki. Przestali być odległymi figurami woskowymi historii, lecz nagle nabrali barw oraz zaczęli żyć własnym życiem. Żal, gniew, wątpliwości, bunt, to wszystko sprawia, że czyta się o człowieku z krwi i kości.
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Flawless. Heartbreaking.
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Kochanowski was born at Sycyna, near Radom, Poland. Little is known of his early education. At fourteen, fluent in Latin, he was sent to the Kraków Academy. After graduation in 1547 at age seventeen, he attended the University of Königsberg (Królewiec), in Ducal Prussia, and Padua University in Italy. At Padua, Kochanowski came in contact with the great humanist scholar Francis Robortello. Kochano ...more
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“[...] But then,
What is not vain, by God, in lives of men?
All is in vain! We play at blind man's buff
Until hard edges break into out path.
Man life's is error. Where, then, is relief?
In shedding tears or wrestling down my grief?”
“O zła Persefono,
Mogłażeś tak wielu łzam dać upłynać płono?”
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