American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Milosz, Czeslaw 1911-2004. Polish-born American writer whose poetry, fiction, and essays often explore the role of intellect and ideology in politics. He won the 1980 Nobel Prize for literature.
“The intellectual trait in Milosz has a direct counterpart in this talent for lucidity and this requited love of the sensuous.”
“Czeslaw Milosz is a difficult writer, in the best sense of the word-challenging and demanding, captivating not least because of his complications.”
“Milosz is a very intellectual writer, trained in philosophy and literature.”
“The intellectual, at times sophisticated, trait in Milosz has a direct opposite in this talent for lucidity and this requited love of the sensuous.”
“Milosz is a very intellectual writer - philosophically and ideohistorically schooled, not least, familiar with Catholic thought in a way reminiscent of the erudition and keen mind of his compatriot and kindred soul, Leszek Kolakowski.”
“The exiled Milosz is nevertheless not entirely exiled.”
“Czeslaw Milosz is a difficult writer, in the best sense of the word - complex and erudite, challenging and demanding, changing between different moods and levels, from the elegiac to the furious, and from the abstract to the extremely concrete.”
“The Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky called Milosz "one of the greatest poets of our time," whereas in the title poem of his most recent book Krzysztof Jaworski, an outstanding voice in contemporary Polish poetry, laments "how far Brodsky's set us back. . .”
“It's with rapture, rather than austerity, that Ms. Ebersole recites "A Song on the End of the World," by the Lithuanian poet Czeslaw Milosz.”
“W. H. Auden, Czeslaw Milosz, Constantine Cavafy, and Pablo Neruda are some of my favorites.”
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