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Mr. Cogito (Oxford Poets) [Paperback]

Zbigniew Herbert , John Carpenter , Bogdana Carpenter

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17 Jun 1993 Oxford Poets
This is the long-awaited translation of the volume Pan Cogito (Warsaw, 1974), now published in English translation as a full sequence of 40 poems for the first time. Writing of earlier volumes, the New Yorker said that `Herbert is one of the finest and most original writers of this century...a stubbornly idiosyncratic poet of isolation, disinheritance, and grief.' Mr Cogito acts as the award-winning poet's alibi, alias, persona, or as Seamus Heaney has said, `as a representative of the most courageous, well-disposed and unremittingly intelligent members of the species. This book is intended for admirers of Zbigniew Herbert; readers of poetry; libraries; universities.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Poet for the Twenty-First Century 4 Jan 2000
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I reread "Mr. Cogito" recently, and I realized that, as all good poetry, it has not aged. Mr. Cogito is an Everyman, and he offers companionship to readers regardless of their location in time and geography. His self-restraint is an admirable and comforting response to the bewildering abundance of contemporary culture, and his modesty and penchant for contemplation reassure us that "looking out for number one" is not the most important thing in life. Truly a timeless book of poetry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable 19 Dec 2010
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This slim volume contains some of Herbert's best known poems. It is mainly a sequence of autobiographical poems touching on many aspects of Herbert's life. There are a few non-autobiographical poems and some short prose pieces. Ably translated or perhaps re-imagined by John and Bogdana Carpenter, these poems are distinguished by economical language and striking imagery. The best poems are wonderful and the cumulative impact of the sequence is remarkable.
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