By Edward Mozejko
Czeslaw Milosz's poetry and different writings have gotten extra commonly learn, particularly for the reason that he bought the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. This selection of essays provides a cross-sectional view of significant topics and motifs in Milosz's poetry, prose, and feedback, concentrating totally on such questions as catastrophism, the concept that of fact, Classicism, and political prose.
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Extra resources for Between Anxiety and Hope: The Writings and Poetry of Czeslaw Milosz
Both the understanding of tradition and its utilization have a syncretic character in Milosz's works. In "List potprywatny o poezji" ("A Semiprivate Letter on Poetry") he wrote the following: Between the Universals of Moral Sensibility & Historical Consciousness 27 One should feel sorry that in Poland, whenever somebody wants to speak on so-called "great themes," he falls into the romantic manner, which allegedly shows his fidelity to tradition, but to a tradition from which many centuries have been cut off.
A modern Hamlet stooping over Yorick's skull is a distinctly grotesque figure. " A person who hears in sacred music only the voice of romantic choirs, who hears the sound of bracelets in the knocking of a beggar's stick, does not deserve anything more than a word of derisive contempt. The conception of life as carefree joy and art, which "wiernie mi sluzy / i lekko biegnie za stukiem serca" (TZ, 33) ["it serves me faithfully / and runs lightly with a beat of the heart" (tr. )] is subjected here to a 38 I STANISLAW BERES severe vivisection.
6. Cz. Milosz, The Land of Ulro (New York: Farrar Strauss Giroux, 1984), p. 271. For the original see Cz. Milosz, Ziemia Ulro (Paris: Instytut Literacki, 1977), p. 208. 7. Milosz, The Land of Ulro, p. 272; and for the original see Milosz, Ziemia Ulro, pp. 208-9. 8. I. Slawiriska, "The Image of the Poet and His Estate," World Literature Today 52, no. 3 (Summer 1978), p. 396. 9. See Cz. Milosz, "Nie," Kultura, Paris, no. 5 (1951), p. 4 for the original. Translation by E. Mozejko. 10. , p. 7. Translation by E.
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