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Selected and Last Poems: 1931-2004

by Czesław Miłosz

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As is almost always the case, I liked the early, more frantic work better than the later, more poised work. He becomes more and more pious in his works as he gets older so that by the end of "Last Poems," he's praising and praising endlessly-- the critical or questioning voice gone entirely from his exploration of religion. That's a turn off for me. Still, the first 50 pages or so hum with power. Those first 100 pages are what poetry is all about: powerful, concrete images as metaphor, and a probing sense of curiosity mixed with revulsion and underlined by wonder. Recommended. ( )
  JWarren42 | Oct 10, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062095889, Paperback)

The long-awaited paperback edition of Selected Poems, revised and updated with more than forty new poems never before published in English

2011 marks the centenary year of one of the twentieth century’s most important poets, Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz. To mark the occasion, Anthony Milosz has translated into English the last poems his father wrote, granting readers new insight into the work of an unparalleled master of the form.

Life opened for Czeslaw Milosz with the clash of civilizations in northeastern Europe. What unfolded around him was a century of catastrophe and madness: two world wars, revolutions, invasions, and the murders of tens of millions of people. In the thick of this upheaval, wide awake and in awe of living, Milosz tried to understand both history and the moment, with humble respect for the suffering of each individual. He wrote masterful poetry infused with a tireless spirit and a penetrating insight into fundamental human dilemmas and the staggering yet simple truth that “to exist on the earth is beyond any power to name.”

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