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Zbigniew Herbert
Birth: Oct. 29, 1924
Death: Jul. 28, 1998

Zbigniew Herbert was an influential Polish poet, essayist and moralist. He was a member of the Polish resistance movement during World War II. He was one of the most famous and translated Polish writers.His family came to Galicia from the United Kingdom. His grandfather was an English teacher and his father fought for Polish liberation in the Polish Legions.In 1938 Herbert started studies at the Casimir The Great Gymnasium in Lvow. During World War II he joined the Armia Krajowa (Home Army) resistance and continued his studies in underground schools. In 1944 he moved from Lvow to Cracow and studied at the Fine Arts Academy, graduated from the Krakow University of Economics, then studied law and philosophy at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun.His poetry was first published in 1950 in the magazine Dzis i jutro. His first poetry book String of Light was published in 1956.During the 1950s he worked at many low-paying jobs because he refused to write according to official Communist guidelines. Between 1963 and 1968 he worked as an editor for Poetry magazine. Between 1955 and 1983 he was a member of Zwiazek Literatów Polskich.In 1968 his work was translated into English by Czeslaw Milosz and Peter Dale Scott. The publication of his Selected Poems in the United States and England made Herbert one of the most popular contemporary poets in the English-speaking world.He traveled widely through the West and lived in Paris, Berlin and the United States, where he taught briefly at the University of California at Los Angeles.He died on July 28, 1998, in Warsaw, Poland.In his works he presented the 'reflection-intellectual' perspective, with stress on human beings and their dignity, to the background of history, where people are almost irrelevant cogs in the machine of fate. He often used elements of mediterranean culture in his works.His lyrical tales contrast the moral sterility and disorientation of contemporary man to the ethical code of the heroes of Mediterranean culture, the "defenders of kingdoms without end and cities of ashes". Mr Cogito, the hero of a famous 1974 cycle and of many later works, personifies the disparity between the feeling of reality and the yearning for fame.
Awards and Prizes Nicholaus Lenau Prize (1965) Jerusalem Literature Prize (1991) Nagrada Vilenica (1991) (bio by: Kasia) 
 
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Powazki Cemetery
Warsaw
Mazowieckie, Poland
 
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