Wislawa Szymborska (1923-)|
Translated by Magnus J. Krynski and Robert A. Maguire
IN PRAISE OF SELF-DEPRECIATION
First Line: The buzzard has nothing to fault himself with.
This poem is protected by copyright and cannot be displayed without permission of the copyright holder. Titled Pochwala Zlego O Sobie Mniemania in Polish, it appeared in Szymborska's 1976 collection Wielka Liczba ("A Large Number"). The above translation can be found in:
Szymborska was award the 1996 Nobel Prize for Literature "for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality."