Czeslaw Milosz Poems
- Love Love means to learn to look at yourself The way one ...
- Conversation With Jeanne Let us not talk philosophy, drop it,...
- Child Of Europe 1 We, whose lungs fill with the sweetness of...
- Encounter We were riding through frozen fields in a wagon at ...
- Incantation Human reason is beautiful and invincible. No ...
- I Sleep A Lot I sleep a lot and read St. Thomas Aquinas Or ...
- City Without A Name 1 Who will honor the city without a ...
Polish poet, prose writer and translator of Lithuanian origin and subsequent American citizenship. His World War II-era sequence The World is a collection of 20 "naive" poems. He defected to the West in 1951, and his nonfiction book "The Captive Mind" (1953) is a classic of anti-Stalinism. From 1961 to 1998 he was a professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1980 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Czesław Miłosz was born on June 30, 1911 in the village of Šeteniai (Kėdainiai district, Kaunas County) on the border between two Lithuanian historical regions of Samogitia and Aukštaitija in ... more »
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Love means to learn to look at yourself
The way one looks at distant things
For you are only one thing among many.
And whoever sees that way heals his heart,
Without knowing it, from various ills—
A bird and a tree say to him: Friend.
Then he wants to use himself and things
So that they stand in the glow of ripeness.
It doesn’t matter whether he knows what he serves:
Who serves best doesn’t always understand.