International Women’s Day

Every day is International Women’s Day. From Poland we have Nobel Prize winners:

“A Mozart of Poetry”

Wislawa Szymborska was a Polish-born poet, essayist and translator. Her first collection, ‘That’s What We Live For’ (1952), was written under Poland’s communist regime and was an expression of socialist realism. She has been described as a “Mozart of Poetry”, as her words fall into place with a veritable ease, and during her lifetime, she wrote around 400 poems, seemingly simple, but subtle and deep. She used common everyday images to reflect on larger truths – an onion, a cat – in her poems about life’s big subjects: love, death and passing time. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996.

 

Photograph from September 11

By Wisława Szymborska

Translated By Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

They jumped from the burning floors—

one, two, a few more,
higher, lower.
The photograph halted them in life,
and now keeps them
above the earth toward the earth.
Each is still complete,
with a particular face
and blood well hidden.
There’s enough time
for hair to come loose,
for keys and coins
to fall from pockets.
They’re still within the air’s reach,
within the compass of places
that have just now opened.
I can do only two things for them—
describe this flight
and not add a last line.

Wisława Szymborska, “Photograph from September 11” from Monologue of a Dog. Copyright © 2005 by Wisława Szymborska. Reprinted with permission of Harcourt, Inc.

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1996/szymborska-facts.html

Maria Składowska-Curie (they always forget her Polish name)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1911 was awarded to Marie Curie “in recognition of her services to the advancement of chemistry by the discovery of the elements radium and polonium, by the isolation of radium and the study of the nature and compounds of this remarkable element”.

 

Remarkable women:

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/themes/other/womens-day-2016.html

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