Wislawa Szymborska

The Nobel-winning Polish poet won the literature prize in 1996 and wrote about the nature of the soul, totalitarianism and death with beguiling clarity and a sense of wonder.  "She is able to capture the pointlessness and sadness of life, but somehow still be affirmative," filmmaker <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004228" title="Woody Allen" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/woody-allen-PECLB004228.topic">Woody Allen</a> said in a rare <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="0100000004593864" title="Documentary (genre)" href="/topic/arts-culture/genres/documentary-%28genre%29-0100000004593864.topic">documentary</a> about Szymborska. She was 88. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-wislawa-szymborska-20120203,0,4342780.story"><span class="center_label">Full obituary</span></a><br>
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<a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-2011notables-gallery,0,155600.photogallery"><span class="center_label">Notable deaths of 2011</span></a>
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The Nobel-winning Polish poet won the literature prize in 1996 and wrote about the nature of the soul, totalitarianism and death with beguiling clarity and a sense of wonder. "She is able to capture the pointlessness and sadness of life, but somehow still be affirmative," filmmaker Woody Allen said in a rare documentary about Szymborska. She was 88. Full obituary

Notable deaths of 2011

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