Friday, April 25, 2008


I found Wislawa Szymborska's poem "The Suicide's Room" room to be her most interesting work in this collection. Although the act of suicide is never directly mentioned in the verses, there is an allusion to the fact that something bad may have taken place in the room. Szymborska comments on numerous signs that often indicate a suicide: open window, glasses sitting on the table, an empty envelope. She also mentions that a buzzing fly is the only thing that is "still alive" in the room. Finally, she also addresses a number of great leaders who have all already died, thus proving that this piece may be a tribute of some sort to the deceased.

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