Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts
Winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Literature, Polish-born Wisława Szymborska was a poet, essayist, and translator. Collections of her poetry have been translated into many languages around the world.
Szymborska’s writing spans over six decades, and yet remains relatable to people of all ages from all backgrounds.
‘Four in the Morning’ is a wonderfully frank poem that’s full of wit. Like most of her work, it expresses specifically human experiences which hint at worldly issues bubbling beneath the surface. Szymborska’s poetry is highly accessible and easy to read. The way she writes uses cunningly simple language weaved in with multiple layers of meaning. This evocative depth is what has made her work significant for generations.
Can you relate to Szymborska’s musings on four in the morning? Let us know what you think of our Poem of the Month in the comments below.