By Edward Mozejko
Czeslaw Milosz's poetry and different writings have gotten extra broadly learn, specifically given that he obtained the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. This selection of essays supplies a cross-sectional view of significant issues and motifs in Milosz's poetry, prose, and feedback, concentrating totally on such questions as catastrophism, the idea that of fact, Classicism, and political prose.
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Was I born to become A ritual mourner? I want to sing of festivities, The greenwood into which Shakespeare Often took me. Leave To poets a moment of happiness, Otherwise your world will perish. It's madness to live without joy And to repeat to the dead Whose part was to be gladness Of action in thought and in the flesh, singing, feasts, Only the two salvaged words: Truth and justice. Warsaw, 1945 ("In Warsaw," CP, 79) The end of the poem signals a realm of issues which, with the passing of time and approaching sociopolitical changes, draw the attention of the poet Between the Universalsof Moral Sensibility & Historical Consciousness I 11 and become one of the principal motifs of his works: here, his moralizing tone is gathering strength through taking an explicitly dramatic stand which points to the cause of the ongoing struggle and at the same time contains its repudiation.
Co przydarzyto sie, zlego, zapomnialem. Nie wstydzilem sie myslec, ze bylem kim jestem. Nie czulem w ciele zadnego bolu. Prostujc sie, widzialem niebieskie morze i zagle. ("Dar," GWS) A day so happy. Fog lifted early, I worked in the garden. Hummingbirds were stopping over honeysuckle flowers. There was no thing on earth I wanted to possess. I knew no one worth my envying him. Whatever evil I had suffered, I forgot. To think that once I was the same man did not embarrass me. In my body I felt no pain.
26 Apparent in his works is a great admiration for A. Mickiewicz, but also an equally deep attachment to his kinsman, the French poet Oscar de Milosz, to the Swedish scholar and philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg, the English poet W. Blake, the Russian Feodor Dostoyevski; to the Manichaeism and its Slavic extension, Bogomilism. This list is indeed imposing, yet it can be supplemented by adding more recent writers, such as for example Lev Shestov or the French writer Simone Weil. 27 In other words, his poetry is open to the effects of different strata of culture, having begun from the most elementary and popular which we absorb in the years of childhood and ending with the most complex ethical, aesthetic and philosophical systems.
Between Anxiety and Hope: The Writings and Poetry of Czeslaw Milosz by Edward Mozejko