New and Collected Poems: 1931-2001

New and Collected Poems New and Collected Poems celebrates seven decades of Czeslaw Milosz s exceptional career Widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of our time Milosz is a master of probing inquiry and gr

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  • Title: New and Collected Poems: 1931-2001
  • Author: Czesław Miłosz
  • ISBN: 9780060514488
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • New and Collected Poems 1931 2001 celebrates seven decades of Czeslaw Milosz s exceptional career Widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of our time, Milosz is a master of probing inquiry and graceful expression His poetry is infused with a tireless spirit and penetrating insight into fundamental human dilemmas and the staggering yet simple truth that to exist onNew and Collected Poems 1931 2001 celebrates seven decades of Czeslaw Milosz s exceptional career Widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of our time, Milosz is a master of probing inquiry and graceful expression His poetry is infused with a tireless spirit and penetrating insight into fundamental human dilemmas and the staggering yet simple truth that to exist on the earth is beyond any power to name Czeslaw Milosz worked with the Polish Resistance movement in Warsaw during World War II and defected to France in 1951 His work brings to bear the political awareness of an exile most notably in A Treatise on Poetry, a forty page exploration of the world wars that rocked the first half of the twentieth century His later poems also reflect the sharp political focus through which this Nobel Laureate never fails to bear witness to the events that stir the world.Digging among the rubble of the past, Milosz forges a vision that encompasses pain as well as joy His work, wrote Edward Hirsch in the New York Times Book Review, is one of the monumental splendors of poetry in our age With than fifty poems from the end of Milosz s career, this is an essential collection from one of the most important voices in contemporary poetry.

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    1. ‘The gates of grammar closed behind him.Search for him now in the groves and wild forests of the dictionary.’Czesław Miłosz (30 June 1911 – 14 August 2004)1980 ‘s Nobel Laureate, and my personal favorite poet, Czesław Miłosz left behind a beautiful collection of poetry and political thought that chronicles both the human suffering during the 20th century as well as his own personal experiences, triumphs and tribulations as he went from war-town Poland to the United States. Often reco [...]

    2. Just sublime.Ranging from consciousness' murky pools,To bucolic portraits in verdigris,The soul striving for a frictionless heaven,But mired within temporal wear and tear.Probing oneself on paper o'er abraded years,The philosopher of the northern forest,Finding the earth an eternal mystery,Bestowed in light by the Spirit of Love.The sauce of wisdom simmering in time,To spice home and hearth or coat grievous ruin.The exile's gift wrapped inGolden words.Dziękuję.

    3. Celebrating the Centennial of Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2011)This book is great compilation of all his known poetry in a single tome .Last year the world celebrated the centennial of the great Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz. He was a poet whose extraordinary life spanned 93 years, five countries, two continents, most of the 20th century and the first years of the 21st. Born in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania-Poland, he spent his early childhood in Russia, then studied in Vilnius and Poland, before suffering [...]

    4. In the thesis defense meeting for my Master of Fine Arts degree, one of my committee members—an illustrious guy—told me, “time to stop reading Rilke and start reading Milosz.” That was about two years ago now and I started this collection shortly thereafter. The resulting journey has been slow going. I had periods where I’d be reading fifty pages a week, and then others where I let the book rest untouched for a few months. At all points I considered its reading as a work-in-progress, u [...]

    5. i photocopy individual poems out of this and tuck them into my luggage on trips, i copy them by hand into notebooks, i send them off to friends, and i hoist this comprehensive volume up from beside my bed in the foggy moments just before i fall asleep, blinkingly reading a long-loved peom or an overlooked one, to confirm my own thought-life and to hone my poetic senses. i adore milosz.

    6. Miłosz is already most assuredly one of my favorite poets, and my relationship with this volume has been marked by a wondrous, but slightly perturbing, synchronicity. Every time I flip open its pages, the perfect poem for that particular temporal node inexplicably reveals itself to me._______COUNSELSIf I were in the place of young poets(quite a place, whatever the generation might think)I would prefer not to say that the earth is a madman’s dream,a stupid tale full of sound and fury.It’s tr [...]

    7. This wonderful collection was recommended to me by Maria, and I am grateful for that introduction to the work of this superb poet. Milosz was born in 1911 in Lithuania, was active in the resistance during the war, moved to the US and became a citizen, taught at Berkeley for a number of years, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980, and died in Krakow in 2004. So this collection spans pretty much his whole life, and its chronological arrangement provides insight into his development as a [...]

    8. When came home from buying this I forget to get out of the car and instead sat for two hours, reading, in the cold discomfort of the driver's seat. It was worth it.

    9. Česlav Miloš bio je neumorni "učitelj slobode", izvanredan intelektualac i najveći poljski pjesnik dvadesetog vijeka. Rođen u Litvaniji, završio je gimnaziju i studije prava u Viljnusu, da bi Drugi svjetski rat proveo u Varšavi. Posle rata, neko vrijeme je radio u diplomatskoj službi Poljske. Pedesetih je emigrirao, najprije u Pariz, a zatim, nešto kasnije, u Ameriku, gdje je dobio posao na Univerzitetu u Berkliju. Neprekidno je pisao: pjesme i eseje, a njegove knjige objavljivao je Pol [...]

    10. "In the liquid cities of the desert / Graze leviathans." - "Ocean" p95. I fall for the most basic metaphors. Maybe it's my work with logo design, but I prefer a simple black-&-white metaphor to a complex one. I worked with film processing in the 90s, and you learn a lot about an image when you can judge it by its negative. This collection of Milosz's life work (at least his English work) is difficult to define. It has bright spots and dull. He certainly adapted himself to each decade, but hi [...]

    11. I'll be completely candid in saying that I didn't understand most of the poems in this book, particularly the early poems of Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004), who lived to age 93. Nevertheless, I doggedly ploughed through the whole collection, finding perhaps 15-20 poems of which I could decipher a few things he was trying to say.That isn't, by any means, meant as a criticism of Milosz nor as a denigration in any way of his writing which is beautiful & masterful. His images are consistently descri [...]

    12. Susan gave me this book at Christmas several years ago, and I come back to it regularly. I like the sound and feeling of Milsosz's poetry.This December, for the first time I read "From the Rising of the Sun", a 53 page poem written in 1973-1974. I made this a little project. Google searches helped to understand his many Polish and Lithuanian references. Books from the Houston Public Library also helped me follow his thought. I found The Poet's Work, an Introduction to Czeslaw Milosz by Leonard N [...]

    13. Rating: 5 / 5The English translation of these poems doesn't maintain the Polish rhyme scheme, and yet, that's what makes them postmodern stylistically.As for the contents, they contain multiple meanings. Just one poem can mean so many things and, after an in-depth analysis in one of my uni classes, I started to appreciate the genius that Milosz really was.The first thing that I observed was how casual the poems were in nature--which is to say that I felt like Milosz was walking down a street, no [...]

    14. Spanning Seven Decades with a Humble MuseIn the very last poem of this, the greatest collection of Milosz's works, he so lucidly begins. Late Ripeness by Czeslaw Milosz Not soon, as late as the approach of my ninetieth year, I felt a door opening in me and I entered the clarity of early morning. One after another my former lives were departing, like ships, together with their sorrow ****************** This wonderful collection spans a lush and lavish 70 long years; years magically molded in the [...]

    15. I’m no stranger to Milosz – my Polish classmates are very loud and proud about his writing, and even though I am Ukrainian I am quite familiar with many Slavic writers. I’ve read some of his poems here and there before, a few in their original Polish to practice and see how much of them I can understand. So it was exciting to find out my prof chose Milosz’s poetry to study in our course.I didn’t read the entire book, as we only had to focus on two sections: “Rescue” (1945) and “U [...]

    16. I've read volumes of collected poems by other poets before (Robert Frost and Dylan Thomas come to mind), but never had I attempted making my way through anything as voluminous as Milosz's work. It was a slow process that took several years - I would basically read one of Milosz's published volumes and then put it down for a while to read other things before returning for another volume. It was interesting in some ways. One could clearly see a progression from the poet's earlier work, which was m [...]

    17. Weighty and good-humored too. Humble yet profound. Fresh.A ConfessionMy Lord, I loved strawberry jamAnd the dark sweetness of a woman's body.Also well-chilled vodka, herring in olive oil,Scents, of cinnamon, of cloves.So what kind of prophet am I? Why should the spiritHave visited such a man? Many othersWere justly called, and trustworthy.Who would have trusted me? For they sawHow I empty glasses, throw myself on food,And glance greedily at the waitress's neck.Flawed and aware of it. Desiring gr [...]

    18. As with all of my books of poetry, I keep them around and sift through the poems over a long period of time. Reading poetry is like viewing a painting, you should experience it many times and hopefully it will affect you in different ways. Czeslaw Milosz first found his way onto my shelf when I was living in the Bay area. He has a unique persepective on the world and I revisit his poetry constatnly."when I curse Fate, it's not me, but the earth in me." -CM

    19. theodicyno, it won't do, my sweet theologianssire will not save the morality of god.if he created beings able to choose between good and evil,and they chose, and the world lies in iniquity,nevertheless, there is pain, and the undeserved torture of creatures,which would find its explanation only by assumingthe existence of an archetypal paradiseand a pre-human downfall so gravethat the world of matter received its shape from diabolic power.

    20. I can't seem to speed through this collection (not that I could anyway, given the length) but so many of the poems are so special that I keep wanted to mull over them for a bit before moving on. I have a feeling Milosz will continue to be an important poet for me to return to for years and years to come.

    21. I can't help but think that a flash of light is still a flash of light. People breath in the light and settle themselves in the rubbish. They take their coarse phases and smooth them out at night. They bite out the dirt that's under their fingernails. They don't apologize. Why should they? They are in the disappearing of the country. They look back and there is the trace.

    22. Milosz is my very favorite poet of the 20th century. This is the most comprehensive and wonderful collection of Milosz's poems available. Each time I delve into this book I leave filled with respect for a true master.

    23. Efforts to learn polish having been shelved temporarily, I tackled this english translation of Miłosz and was not disappointed. This collection is entirely worth the time you will spend with it, and is a personal staple.

    24. Milosz has a bold voice with clear influences from the political upheaval in Poland and surrounding areas. His voice is unique, descriptive, but simple, palatable. Thoroughly enjoyed dissecting this utter TOME. Again soon.

    25. I loved the entire collection, but particularly his most recent poems. His style reached an unparalleled depth and elegance.

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