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Pan Cogito

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„Ciclul Pan Cogito, cu trimiteri directe la raţiune chiar din titlu, se constituie într-o convingătoare demonstraţie poetică a necesităţii imperativelor morale. Fără memoria semnificaţiilor etice, gesturile şi faptele culturale sunt lipsite de suport, devenind simple elemente decorative, într-un peisaj pestriţ, fără liantul necesar. Pan Cogito, un alter ego al poetului, re ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published 2008 by Paidea (first published 1974)
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Svetolik Taštinski
„[ležali smo] kao voće
opalo
s drveta života
koje truli posebice
svako na svoj način
jer samo je u tome dremao
ostatak čovečnosti

[...]

Adamovi krici
sastojaše se
od dva-tri samoglasnika
razapeta poput rebara vidokruga”

Čitajte!
Ken
Mr Cogito is a persona used by Zbigniew Herbert to cogitate about the world in unworldly ways. Not all poems in this thin book employ the good Cogito, but the thinking is surely the same--strange. I do feel that the earlier poems (and the shorter ones) are stronger than the later (and longer) ones.

As is the case with all poetry not written in English, the translation can't help but be fraught and, to people in the know (not me), controversial to some degree. In this 1993 release, John and Bogdan
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John
Dec 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I own all of Herbert's other books. This one I got from the library. I would like to own it. The price (used copies, it is out of print as are most of his other books) is outrageous. Anyone know why this particular book is so expensive?

Whatever the reason it is worth it. I copied it and will be re-reading it for a long time.
Rui Carlos da Cunha
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, polish
This is my absolute favorite book of poetry. Brilliant!
Peycho Kanev
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
One of the greatest poets. Ever! Period.
Lee Razer
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
If I judge poetry on emotional evocation, meaningfulness, and clarity (okay, I do), then this collection is extraordinary. Through the character of Mr. Cogito (the "Mr." evoking Sancho Panza to the "Cogito"'s Don Quixote, as implied in the second poem here, "Mr. Cogito's Two Legs", a poem about the split in human nature between sometimes reckless bravery and sensible holding back), Herbert addresses many facets of existential being, particularly though not exclusively as present in a repressive ...more
Hasan Makhzoum
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who would've thought that Eastern European literature (Poland, Hungary, Czech, Russia) would have such a hold on an Arab..


I highly recommend these two articles (by the Poetry Foundation and The Telegraph) for an introductory analysis of his style, of his use of mythological references, the irony and satire in his poetry language, the pessimistic tonality, the symbolism, his anti-communism allusions (such as in his famous poem The Taste)...
The journalist quotes a short discussion he has had with
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jeff
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poems, in-translation
This book went out of print almost immediately upon its english translation. I just found one for my very own and fell upon it. It is brilliant and heartbreaking and wry, in the way that eastern european poets tend to be. But he is also so invested in the importance of history and art that it has sparked my interest in filling somewhat the gaping holes in my classical education--gilgamesh, upanishads, plato and the greeks. A writer whose books need to be held and appreciated for the physicality ...more
Gaetano Venezia
Apr 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the translation is to blame, but I only got a few mildly interesting insights and thoughts from Mr. Cogito. The poetry didn't add much to the ideas (which could've been expressed in a few lines).
L.S.
May 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is simply an amazing double-cd package. One on the best Romanian actor, Marcel Iurers, reads ZH's poems.
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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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