Several Comments on Love in the First and the Last Poetry of Czesław Miłosz Cover Image

Uwag kilka o miłości w poezjach pierwszych i ostatnich Czesława Miłosza
Several Comments on Love in the First and the Last Poetry of Czesław Miłosz

Author(s): Malgorzata Rybka
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas
Keywords: Czesław Miłosz; XXth century Polish poetry; love; woman; cognition; Czesławas Miłoszas; XX a. lenkų poezija; meilė; moteris; pažinimas

Summary/Abstract: Love present in the whole human life from birth to death is one of the most important values in the poetry of Czesław Miłosz from the earliest until the last poems, although the poet had never written love poetry. Miłosz does not create a definition of love in his poetry, but he indicates its features. Love is described as closeness that men aspire at, and it is also the object of woman’s desire. Love is also presented as understanding without words, getting to know with another person, happiness, but also suffer and finding out the truth. Love is a positive value that lets human life make sense. Love also describes the relation between a human being and God, between a man and themselves, but the most important relation is the one occurring between a men and another human being. On the one hand love belongs to the sphere of sacrum, but on the other hand love can also belong to profanum. In this poetry these two aspects of love combine in one, because the sexual act is for the author of Druga przestrzeń the sign of human unity and also the sign of the unity of the human being and God. Despite the men’s passing away love does not pass away, because since the first parents love has been sheltered by death. Desire of love and looking for it is highly combined with the emotions referring to the loss of something valuable that is equivalent to exile and refers to the longing for the paradise and the hope for the return to it. Paradoxically the desire of love is combined with the man’s fear of love that brings the truth saying that nobody is going to evade death.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 19-26
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish