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Leśne tropy Czesława Miłosza
Czesław Miłosz's Forest Traces

Author(s): Anna Szawerna-Dyrszka
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Czesław Miłosz; forest traces; biography

Summary/Abstract: The theme of this article has been suggested by Miłosz himself, who published in his Subjects to Let (the second part of Road-side Dog) the short essay Las [The Forest]. Author plaits the net of associations connected with the forest, which leads to reflection that this apparently obvious and exploited by generations of poets topic can still produce various contexts: geographical, natural, economic, political, cultural and literary ones as well as those of symbolic, mythical, historical and biographical character. This last context leads back to Miłosz, as a consequence of the reflection that the forest serves as a kind of symbolical frame for many plots present in his life and creativity. From a biographical and literary point of view, the poet leaves the forest. However, in 1997 (when Road-side Dog was published), toward the end of his long life, Miłosz returns to the forest in his poetry. He writes a separate text about it. There is a wide range of forest traces (literal, metaphorical, symbolical) between those two moments. They can be noticed in other books by Miłosz.

  • Issue Year: 7/2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 53-62
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish