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April 07, 2011

Seamus Heaney on Czeslaw Milosz

This afternoon I came across a Guardian piece worth sharing. Seamus Heaney considers the life and work of Czeslaw Milosz on the eve of his June 30th centenary: 

What distinguishes Miłosz as a poet is the abundance and spontaneity of the work, his at-homeness in so many different genres and landscapes, his desire for belief and his equally acute scepticism. Chiefly, however, what irradiates the poetry and compels the reader is a quality of wisdom. Everything is carried and feels guaranteed by the voice. Even in translation, even when he writes in a didactic vein, there is a feeling of phonetic undertow, that the poem is a trawl, not just talk.

You can read the full article here

And from our archives, Gjertrud Schnackenberg reads Milosz's "If There Is No God" and "Encounter."

 

"Encounter"

 

"If There Is No God"



 

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