Czeslaw Milosz

(30 June 1911 – 14 August 2004 / Kedainiai)

Czeslaw Milosz Poems

41. Campo Di Fiori 1/3/2003
42. Faith 3/23/2012
43. On Prayer 1/8/2004
44. Unde Malum 1/8/2004
45. And The City Stood In Its Brightness 2/20/2015
46. On Angels 1/13/2003
47. The Rising Of The Sun 3/23/2012
48. A Poem For The End Of The Century 1/3/2003
49. At A Certain Age 1/3/2003
50. A Magic Mountain 4/21/2010
51. It Was Winter 4/21/2010
52. In Black Despair 1/13/2003
53. City Without A Name 4/21/2010
54. Artificer 1/20/2003
55. A Song On The End Of The World 4/21/2010
56. I Sleep A Lot 1/3/2003
57. Ars Poetica? 1/20/2003
58. Child Of Europe 2/2/2004
59. Conversation With Jeanne 1/3/2003
60. Love 1/3/2003
61. In Warsaw 3/23/2012
62. Lake 1/13/2003
63. Encounter 1/20/2003
64. Incantation 1/3/2003
65. And Yet The Books 1/8/2004

Comments about Czeslaw Milosz

  • NamelessII (4/24/2018 3:26:00 PM)

    Czeslaw Milosz truly understands looking back and realizing that you have been seeing yourself as “Handsome and Noble” and realizing a lazy toad has been their all along. (At a Certain Age) This reminds me of a quote from one of his earlier poems: “Do not gaze into the pools of the past. Their corroded surface will mirror A face different from the one you expected.” I am surprised to find that he wrote lines like these with a past like his.

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  • Nameless (4/24/2018 12:25:00 PM)

    He fought in WWII and experienced many horrible things, but he was a successful writer and poet. Did he not look back at his past with admiration and pride? At a Certain Age is definitely a poem I and many others can connect to personally, and I am not even that old!

  • Nevyton (12/26/2017 10:39:00 PM)

    só poemas favoritos e excelentes

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (1/4/2016 7:56:00 AM)

    A poet, prose writer and translator of his native language, Milosz was the son of a civil engineer Aleksander Milosz and Weronika who was from a noble family. Although originally a Lithuanian, Czesław Miłosz was brought up as a Catholic. He graduated from Sigismund Augustus Gymnasium and studied law from Stefan Batory University.

    His travels to Paris led him to be influenced by Oscar Milosz who was a cousin and Lithuanian poet. His first poetry work was published in 1934. There he landed a job at Radio Wilno as a commentator which was short lived due to his sympathy for Lithuania.

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (1/4/2016 7:53:00 AM)

    All his work was written in the Polish language. He also translated the ‘Psalms’ in Polish. Milosz also witnessed the Second World War during which time he was in Warsaw. He attended lectures of Polish philosopher and historian Władysław Tatarkiewicz. After the war ended he worked in Pairs as a cultural representative of Poland. He had to obtain political asylum in France in 1951 as he broke off with the government.

    Milosz was awarded with the ‘Prix Littéraire Européen’ which is the European Literary Prize. He became a US citizen in 1970. However before that he got the post of Professor of Polish Literature and Slavic languages at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Czeslaw Milosz got married to Janina in 1944 and had two children with her; sons named Anthony and John Peter. After the death of his first wife in 1986 his second marriage was to an American born historian, Carol Thigpen who died in 2002.

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (1/4/2016 7:51:00 AM)

    The time he spent at University of California is mentioned in his poem ‘A Magic Mountain’.1980 was a good year for Milosz as he received the Nobel Prize for Literature and in 1989 the U.S National Medal of Arts and an honorary doctorate from Harvard University. Due to some government restrictions, Milosz work was not published in Poland.

    ‘The Captive Mind’ was published in 1953. It was all about the behavior of scholars under an oppressive government. The book was translated into English by Jane Zielonko. Miłosz was given an award by the Polish P.E.N club in 1974. In 1976, he became the ‘Guggenheim Fellow’ of poetry and received another honorary degree from the Michigan University named the ‘Doctor of Letters’ in 1977. The next year he won the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and also got the ‘Berkeley Citation’. In 1979-1980 he was selected as nominee for ‘Research Lecturer’ by the Academic Senate.

    Czesław Miłosz died at the age of 93 in 2004 having lived a successful life as an influential poet and contributor of literature. He was buried in Kraków’s Skałka Roman Catholic Church. The ‘Yad Vashem’ memorial to the Holocaust honored him by calling him one of the ‘Righteous among the Nation’. His work is translated in many languages by renowned translators. In 2011, Yale University held a conference with the topic of Milosz’s relations with the United States as the year was called ‘The Milosz Year’.

  • Dwayne Saget (11/16/2012 2:36:00 PM)

    Where is the is the poem called Song of a citizen?

Best Poem of Czeslaw Milosz

And Yet The Books

And yet the books will be there on the shelves, separate beings,
That appeared once, still wet
As shining chestnuts under a tree in autumn,
And, touched, coddled, began to live
In spite of fires on the horizon, castles blown up,
Tribes on the march, planets in motion.
“We are, ” they said, even as their pages
Were being torn out, or a buzzing flame
Licked away their letters. So much more durable
Than we are, whose frail warmth
Cools down with memory, disperses, perishes.
I imagine the earth when I am no more:
Nothing happens, no loss, it’s still a ...

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A Task

In fear and trembling, I think I would fulfill my life
Only if I brought myself to make a public confession
Revealing a sham, my own and of my epoch:
We were permitted to shriek in the tongue of dwarfs and
demons
But pure and generous words were forbidden
Under so stiff a penalty that whoever dared to pronounce one
Considered himself as a lost man.

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