Treasure Island

Czeslaw Milosz

(30 June 1911 – 14 August 2004 / Kedainiai)

Poems of Czeslaw Milosz

1. A Felicitous Life 4/21/2010
2. A Hall 1/8/2004
3. A Magic Mountain 4/21/2010
4. A Poem For the End of the Century 1/3/2003
5. A Poor Christian Looks At The Ghetto 4/21/2010
6. A Song On The End Of The World 4/21/2010
7. A Task 1/13/2003
8. A Treatise On Poetry: IV Natura 4/21/2010
9. Account 1/13/2003
10. An Hour 3/23/2012
11. And Yet The Books 1/8/2004
12. Annalena 3/23/2012
13. Ars Poetica? 1/20/2003
14. Artificer 1/20/2003
15. At a Certain Age 1/3/2003
16. By the Peonies 3/23/2012
17. Campo di Fiori 1/3/2003
18. Child of Europe 2/2/2004
19. Christopher Robin 3/23/2012
20. City Without A Name 4/21/2010

A Task

In fear and trembling, I think I would fulfill my life
Only if I brought myself to make a public confession
Revealing a sham, my own and of my epoch:
We were permitted to shriek in the tongue of dwarfs and
demons
But pure and generous words were forbidden
Under so stiff a penalty that whoever dared to pronounce one
Considered himself as a lost man.

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