Discuss the theme of perception in the poem "A Song on the End of the World."

The main purpose of "A Song on the End of the World" is to demonstrate that the world is highly subjective and that people perceive it differently. What looks like the absolute end of the world to one person might not bother another person. Everything in the world depends on someone's perception of what is happening.

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"A Song on the End of the World" was written by Czeslaw Milosz in Warsaw in 1944. It's important to note the historical events surrounding the poem; in 1944, Nazis were destroying Warsaw and it really may have looked like the world was coming to an end, yet the poem is tranquil and brims with beautiful images of nature.

The main idea of the poem is that the world is very subjective. The poem begins by stating plainly that the world is ending, yet everything seems to continue operating as normal:

On the day the world ends
A bee circles a clover,
A fisherman mends a glimmering net.
Happy porpoises jump in...

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