The Slender Mr. Cogito.” Rev. of Collected Poems, 1956-1998, Zbigniew Herbert.

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Abstract: "Fatten your animal for sacrifice" Apollo warned the ancient Greek poet Callimachus, whom opponents criticized for avoiding civic verse, "but keep your muse slender." The implication of this directive--that poetry's aesthetic value depends upon its refusal to engage in contemporary politics--has never been less true than in the case of the Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert (1924-1998), whose slender Muse magically digests even the most ungainly of fares.

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The New Criterion 25.9 (2007): 71-3
Language: English
Date: 2007
Zbigniew Herbert, Review, Criticism

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