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«Miłosz Like the World»

Poet in the Eyes of Polish Literary Critics


Zdzislaw Lapinski

Czesław Miłosz, poet, literary critic, essayist and Nobel Laureate, is a familiar person to the Anglophone literary community. But American and British critics in the main are not very competent in the intimate features of Polish literary culture and have no access to the Polish language. This volume presents some of the most penetrating commentaries on Miłosz’s œuvre by Polish critics. They illuminate both intrinsic poetic matters, such as the verse structure or the genre tradition, and the specific historic background of his poems, such as life under Nazi occupation. This comprehensive outline will be indispensable to anyone wanting to understand the real meaning of the often enigmatic writer and his, as Helen Vendler called it, Shakespearean breadth.
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“Ecstasy at Sunrise”: Among Miłosz’s Major Themes: Marian Stala

I River and garden; the tree, the bird and the cloud


“Ecstasy at Sunrise”: Among Miłosz’s Major Themes

Marian Stala

In memory of Kazimierz Wyka


In a commentary to the long poem From the Rising of the Sun, Czesław Miłosz remarks: “Even if I were gathering images of the earth from many countries on two continents, my imagination could cope with them only by assigning them to positions to the south, north, east, or west of the trees and hills of one district” (NC 293).

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