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Czeslaw Milosz

Czeslaw Milosz (Czesław Miłosz)
Polish poet and essayist. Born 30th June 1911 in Szetejnie.
Czeslaw Milosz won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980.

Works :

  • Kompozycja (1930)
  • Podroz (1930)
  • Poemat o czasie zastyglym (1933)
  • Trzy zimy (1936)
  • Obrachunki
  • Wiersze (1940)
  • Piesn niepodlegla (1942)
  • Ocalenie (1945)
  • Traktat moralny (1947)
  • Zniewolony umysl (1953)
  • Zdobycie wladzy (1953)
  • Swiatlo dzienne (1953)
  • Dolina Issy
  • Traktat poetycki (1957)
  • Rodzinna Europa (1958)
  • Kontynenty (1958)
  • Czlowiek wsrod skorpionow (1961)
  • Krol Popiel i inne wiersze (1961)
  • Gucio zaczarowany (1965)
  • Widzenia nad Zatoka San Francisco (1969)
  • Miasto bez imienia (1969)
  • Prywatne obowiazki (1972)
  • Gdzie slonce wschodzi i kiedy zapada (1974)
  • Ziemia Ulro (1977)
  • Ogrod nauk (1979)
  • Hymn o perle (1982)
  • Nieobjeta ziemio (1984)
  • Kroniki (1987)
  • Dalsze okolice (1991)
  • Zaczynajac od moich ulic (1985)
  • Metafizyczna pauza (1989)
  • Poszukiwanie ojczyzny (1991)
  • Rok mysliwego (1991)
  • Na brzegu rzeki (1994)
  • Szukanie ojczyzny (1992)
  • Legendy nowoczesnosci (1996)
  • Zycie na wyspach (1997)
  • Piesek przydrozny (1997)
  • Abecadlo Milosza (1997)
  • Inne Abecadlo (1998)
  • Wyprawa w dwudziestolecie (1999)
  • To (2000)

Educated :

  • Grammar School in Wilno (Vilnus[?])
  • Wilno University

In 1951 he sought political asylum in France.

In addition to his poetry, his book The Captive Mind[?] is considered one of the finest studies of the condition of intellectuals under totalitarianism.

In The Captive Mind[?] he said that the intellectuals who became dissidents were not necessarily the ones with the strongest minds, but those with the weakest stomachs. The mind can rationalize anything, but the stomach can only take so much.

He also said that as a poet he avoided touching his nation's wounds for fearing of making them holy.



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