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Czeslaw Miosz, winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature, reflects upon poetry's testimony to the events of our tumultuous time. From the special perspectives of "my corner of Europe," a classical and Catholic education, a serious encounter with Marxism, and a life marked by journeys and exiles, Milosz has developed a sensibility at once warm and detached, flooded with specific memory yet never hermetic or provincial. Milosz addresses many of the major problems of contemporary poetry, beginning with the pessimism and negativism prompted by reductionist interpretations of man's animal origins. He examines the tendency of poets since Mallarmé to isolate themselves from society, and stresses the need for the poet to make himself part of the great human family. One chapter is devoted to the tension between classicism and realism; Milosz believes poetry should be "a passionate pursuit of the real." In "Ruins and Poetry" he looks at poems constructed from the wreckage of a civilization, specifically that of Poland after the horrors of World War II. Finally, he expresses optimism for the world, based on a hoped-for better understanding of the lessons of modern science, on the emerging recognition of humanity's oneness, and on mankind's growing awareness of its own history.

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A Nobel laureate reflects upon poetry's testimony to the events of our tumultuous time.

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Czeslaw Milosz is a 1989 National Medal of Arts Winner

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Czeslaw Milosz is Winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature

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Milosz is the first Slavic poet to hold the Charles Eliot Norton Professorship at Harvard University. He is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

1. Starting from My Europe

2. Poets and the Human Family

3. The Lesson of Biology

4. A Quarrel with Classicism

5. Ruins and Poetry

6. On Hope

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674953833
Author:
Milosz, Czeslaw
Author:
Miosz, Czesaw
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Literature and society
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Eastern (see also Russian & Former Soviet Union)
Copyright:
Series:
Charles Eliot Norton Lectures
Series Volume:
1981
Publication Date:
January 1984
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 6 oz

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