Nobel-winning Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska died Wednesday at the age of 88, her assistant Michal Rusinek announced.
Szymborska, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996, passed away "peacefully, in her sleep" at her home in Krakow in southern Poland, Rusinek told Poland's PAP news agency.
Born on July 2, 1923 in Bnin, near Poznan in the west of the country, Szymborska studied in the literature and sociology department of Krakow's Jagiellonian University and lived in the city for the rest of her life.
She was the author of over a dozen collections of poetry, in which a recurrent theme was the philosophical analysis of contemporary moral issues.
Szymborska was also a translator of the works of others, notably the French classical poets Agrippa d'Aubigne and Theophile de Viau, and Jewish author Icyk Manger.
Known as an independent-minded individual, she remained out of the political fray and was seen as an example of a swathe of Polish intellectuals who focused on spirituality.