Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

How does the memory of a poet like Czesaw Miosz differ from the memory of a historian?

Does Miosz ever “escape the provinces”?

Peter Filkins has written about the poetry and antipoetry of Miosz. What is the latter and how does it relate to the former?

Which seem more successful: the poems that Miosz wrote during World War II or the later poems recollecting the war?

Miosz lived and wrote for many years in the United States and assisted in translating his poems into English. Can he be considered in any sense an American poet?