Details

Title

Czym jest Miłoszowskie „to”. O ciemnych epifaniach Czesława Miłosza

Journal title

Ruch Literacki

Yearbook

2017

Numer

No 6 (345)

Publication authors

Keywords

Czesław Miłosz

Divisions of PAS

Nauki Humanistyczne i Społeczne

Abstract

The article is devoted to probably one of the most important themes in Czesław Miłosz’s poetry: a persistent, untiring effort to express, or at least point to, the poet’s experience of dark epiphanies. They are, in his own words, momentary illuminations bringing to light the ontological core of various horrors of human existence and of nature, red in tooth and claw, as well as the enigmatic presence of metaphysical evil in the laws that make for order in our material world. Some of those epiphanies reveal to the poet his destiny: he is to become a witness of the horrors of the twentieth century. However, not all of those auguries are uniformly grim; there are some that suggest his prospects may well be bright. That ambivalence is refl ected in Miłosz’s own attitude towards those sudden fl ashes of insight and revelation. He certainly does not resolve it in his poetry, where the ambivalence of the epiphanic moments is expressed and concealed by the pronoun ‘it’.

Publisher

Polska Akademia Nauk Oddział w Krakowie Komisja Historycznoliteracka ; Uniwersytet Jagielloński Wydział Polonistyki

Date

2017.12.15

Type

Artykuły / Articles

Identifier

ISSN 0035-9602
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