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Laments: A Bilingual Edition Hardcover – September 30, 1995

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One of Poland's foremost contemporary poets and Ireland's most famous living bard offer a collaborative translation, with the original Polish on facing pages, of Poland's first supreme contribution to world literature. The Treny or Laments of Jan Kochanowski (1530^-84) mourn the death of his 30-month-old youngest daughter, defying poetic tradition by doing so, for such elegies were reserved for the mighty and famous. They also show the quintessential Renaissance scholar-poet struggling with the stoicism enjoined by classical philosophy because it simply did not answer his grief. At last, in a dream of his mother holding the lost child, Kochanowski receives Christian consolation in eternal life and in the acceptance of "time's great remedy . . . The wax / And wane of things, and nothing more" while he lives. An elegy as great as Milton's Lycidas and Whitman's "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed," Laments exerts a more poignant appeal because it commemorates a child. Ray Olson

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Text: English, Polish (translation)
Original Language: Polish
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (September 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374182906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374182908
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,234,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Also available on Kindle in original Polish, which sounds beautiful. I love Polish poetry, but primarily that from Kyprian Norwid on. Kochanowski's laments speak as clearly as any modern poem to grief. The movement through the laments from pain to acceptance shows the power and blessing of faith.
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Polish language is so well displayed in these poems. A very poignant piece of history and well printed, they say he was the father of the Polish language.
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