Czeslaw Milosz

(30 June 1911 – 14 August 2004 / Kedainiai)

Czeslaw Milosz Poems

1. Incantation 1/3/2003
2. At a Certain Age 1/3/2003
3. Love 1/3/2003
4. Ars Poetica? 1/20/2003
5. Conversation with Jeanne 1/3/2003
6. A Poem For the End of the Century 1/3/2003
7. Campo di Fiori 1/3/2003
8. Child of Europe 2/2/2004
9. I Sleep a Lot 1/3/2003
10. And Yet The Books 1/8/2004
11. In Black Despair 1/13/2003
12. Encounter 1/20/2003
13. Dedication 1/3/2003
14. Forget 1/13/2003
15. A Task 1/13/2003
16. A Hall 1/8/2004
17. Account 1/13/2003
18. Father Explains 1/3/2003
19. Artificer 1/20/2003
20. Lake 1/13/2003

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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