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Report from the Besieged City and Other Poems

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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, Babylo ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published April 1st 1986 by Ecco Press (first published 1983)
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Maurizio Manco
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"permettimi di sederti accanto […]
un po’ berremo
e un po’ filosoferemo
e forse entrambi
che siamo fatti di sangue e di illusione
ci libereremo alla fine
dell’opprimente leggerezza dell'apparenza"
(La parabola di re Mida, p. 35)
Bobparr
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.
Scott Cox
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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, p.viii). 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 ps ...more
P.
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Esthër
"no hay
nada salvo nacimiento y muerte nada sólo nacimiento y muerte"
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I love the title poem.
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Zbigniew Herbert was a Polish poet, essayist, drama writer, author of plays, and moralist. He is one of the best known and the most translated post-war Polish writers.
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