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Polish poet whose work is representative of modern lyrical poetry. She is particularly notable for the urbane sensitivity of her poems. As a daughter of the well-known painter Wojciech Kossak, Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska grew up in an artistic and intellectual milieu. Her first collection of poems, Niebieskie migdaly (1922; “Idle Dreams”), was warmly acclaimed by the poets of the Skamander group. Up to 1939 she published a dozen more small volumes of her lyric poetry—including Pocalunki (1926; “Kisses”) and Surowy jedwab (1932; “Raw Silk”)—in which she dealt with such subject matter as the loves, the disenchantments, and the carefree life of a sophisticated modern woman. During World War II she immigrated to France and later to England, where, lamenting her exile, she expressed her feelings in Róza i lasy plonace (1940; “A Rose and Burning Forests”) and in Golab ofiarny (1941; “The Sacrificial Dove”). Many of her poems can be found in English translation in the volume Butterflies: Selected Poems, translated by Barbara Plebanek and Tony Howard.
Poland, 1983, Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska