Who is Czeslaw Milosz

Czesław Miłosz (, also US: , Polish: [ˈtʂɛswaf ˈmiwɔʂ] (listen); 30 June 1911 – 14 August 2004) was a Polish-American poet, prose writer, translator, and diplomat. Regarded as one of the great poets of the 20th century, he won the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature. In its citation, the Swedish Academy called Miłosz a writer who "voices man's exposed condition in a world of severe conflicts".Miłosz survived the German occupation of Warsaw during World War II and became a cultural attaché for the Polish government during the postwar period. When communist authorities threatened his safety, he defected to France and ultimately chose exile in the United States, where he became a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His poetry—particularly about his wartime experienc...
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Czeslaw Milosz Poems

  • An Hour
    Leaves glowing in the sun, zealous hum of bumblebees,
    From afar, from somewhere beyond the river, echoes of lingering voices
    And the unhurried sounds of a hammer gave joy not only to me.
    Before the five senses were opened, and earlier than any beginning ...
  • Dedication
    You whom I could not save
    Listen to me.
    Try to understand this simple speech as I would be ashamed of another.
    I swear, there is in me no wizardry of words. ...
  • Not Mine
    All my life to pretend this world of theirs is mine
    And to know such pretending is disgraceful.
    But what can I do? Suppose I suddenly screamed
    And started to prophesy. No one would hear me. ...
  • Conversation With Jeanne
    Let us not talk philosophy, drop it, Jeanne.
    So many words, so much paper, who can stand it.
    I told you the truth about my distancing myself.
    I've stopped worrying about my misshapen life. ...
  • Sarajevo
    Now that a revolution really is needed, those who were fervent are quite cool.

    While a country murdered and raped calls for help from the Europe which it had trusted, they yawn.
    ...
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World 21 Earth 20 Long 17 Time 17 White 15 Sun 14 People 13 Life 12 Love 11 I Love You 11


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Drlauramarkham: "in a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot." - czeslaw milosz
Mexicocityblues: czeslaw milosz, new and collected poems: 1931-2001
Kathkween: on this new moon in deep quarantine at the end of the year i am thinking about this czeslaw milosz quote
Monamicherie: lovely quote of the the great poet czeslaw milosz.
Czeslaw_milosz: light off metal shaken, / lucid dew of heaven, / bless each and every one / to whom the earth is given.
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Jonathan Hirschfeld: I felt I had been invited to look, even to scrutinise, but perhaps not to see.
Against Oblivion - PN Review 257, Volume 47 Number 3, January - February 2021.


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