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Poland's 1996 Nobel poet Szymborska dies at 88

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Her personal secretary says that Poland's 1996 Nobel Prize-winning poet Wislawa Szymborska has died. She was 88.

Michal Rusinek said Wednesday that Szymborska died "quietly, in her sleep." She resided in the southern city of Krakow.

The Nobel award committee's citation called her the "Mozart of poetry," a woman who mixed the elegance of language with "the fury of Beethoven."

Szymborska has been called both deeply political and playful, a poet who used humor in unforeseen ways.

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