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The End and the Beginning (Koniec i poczatek)



Wislawa Szymborska (1923 -  ) is a Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet.  One of her poems is called “The End and the Beginning” (“Koniec i poczatek”), and in it she pointedly denounces warfare and tyranny.  This poem comes from Szymborska’s 1993 collection with that same title.  (Many comments concerning Szymborska’s work overall can be applied to this “The End and the Beginning” poem.)



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Term


  • Szymborska, Wislawa (Books – Exact Phrase – East Campus)



Call Number for Browsing the Shelves


  • PG7178 .Z9 A28 2001



Circulating Book – A Selected List


  • Szymborska, Wislawa.  Miracle Fair.  2001.

                        Call Number:  PG7178 .Z9 A28 2001     *(See pages 1-4 and 48-49.)



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism. Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o Volume 190, pages 296, 329

  • Critical Survey of Poetry (4th Ed.): European Poets.Call Number:  REF PN1021 .C7 2011

o Volume 3, pages 1011-1013


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