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The poet's duty: Faulkner vs. T.S.Eliot

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Not long ago I read an interesting article about what William Faulker(1897-1962) said in the speech he delivered on December 10, 1950, in Stockholm, when he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was convinced that men are inmortal, not because they live literally forever, but because they have a soul, a spirit that is capable of endurance even in the hardest times. He went on to say that the poet has the responsibility to lift men's hearts and help them "endure and prevail". Here is his quote:
"I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal simply because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he a…

The pleasure of listening

I think it was Heraclitus the one who said that the majority of people do not listen or speak properly.  I am sure he was right. Actually, I have the feeling that most people speak more than listen to others. Me too, I am afraid. However, last Friday I spoke very little and listened most of the time. 

Like most Fridays, I went for a drink with some of my friends. Sometimes we just meet, have a  short talk and go back home. Some other times, we get involved in deep conversations from which I learn a lot. Last Friday, it was one of those days that I enjoyed listening to a person who had many interesting things to say. A friend of mine came along with a university student from Vietnam who had come to Warsaw with an international grant and was planning to stay  until summer. All she said about her country, her culture, her way of understanding life was amazing. It was so different to the way I see my own reality that I felt she was talking to me about things that happen in another world. S…

New Year´s Resolutions for 2011

Like every single year, I have written a short list with some of the things I want to do in 2011. I know that many people consider this a bit silly. However, it helps me carry out my plans, ideas and goals. In order to write my resolutions for 2011, I have tried to be practical and objective because it does not make any sense to write things that are impossible to get or to do.  So, these are some of the things that I´d love to fullfil by the end of 2011:
1. I would like to improve my Polish. 2. I would like to start learning a new foreign language (perhaps Swedish or French). 3. I would love to lose a few kilograms :) 4. It would be great to finish writing what I started a year ago.
2010 is gone and it won´t be back.
A Song for New Year's Eve
by William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

Stay yet, my friends, a moment stay—
     Stay till the good old year,
So long companion of our way,
     Shakes hands, and leaves us here.
          Oh stay, oh stay,