At a glance:
- Author: Czesław Miłosz
- First Published: 1945
- Type of Poem: Meditation
- Genres: Poetry, Meditation
- Subjects: Snakes, 1940's, Reality, Birds, End of the world, Poland or Polish people, Fishing or fishermen, Bees, Dolphins
Divided into four stanzas, this twenty-six-line poem with its portentous title turns out to be wryly quiet, an ironic contrast to the dramatic events some have expected would accompany the end of the world. Concentrating on a description of vivid yet commonplace, daily realities, Czesaw Miosz fashions a deliberately simple, naive narrative of events.
The first stanza is devoted to descriptions of what might be called miniature worlds: “a bee circles a clover,” describing quite literally the circumference of its world. Similarly, the fisherman mending a...
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