She was awarded the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Award in 1991 and later The Herder Award. Most importantly she is the laureate of Nobel Prize in literature in 1996.
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She has developed her own unmistakable poetic style. Her poems are built on tradition of 20th century poetry and humanistic mainstream. However, being a strong, individualistic personality, she consistently detaches herself from current philosphical, artistic and cultural trends.
The poetic style of Szymborska is clear, well thought-out and precise, some may say it is classical. She is the master of irony, paradox and more often than one might suspect of an distinguished lady - joke. It is not widely known that she writes wonderful limericks.
Artistic integrity and independence combined with truthfulness gained her a wide group of devoted readers. Surprisingly, her poems regularly reach the circulation of some popular novels.
As a person she is a quiet but witty woman, fragile but with a strong personality, who dislikes being in the limelight but is a charming speaker. If there is an occasion be sure not to miss a meeting with Szymborska - you will be enchanted and the remembrance of her poetic genius will with you forever.
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