Locus Amoenus and Locus Horridus – on the poetry of Oskar Miłosz. Discussion
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Keywords

Oskar Miłosz
Czesław Miłosz
poetry
Lithuania
metaphysics
locus amoenus
locus horridus

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Ratuszna, H. (2021). Locus Amoenus and Locus Horridus – on the poetry of Oskar Miłosz. Discussion. Bibliotekarz Podlaski, 51(2), 83-99. https://doi.org/10.36770/bp.601

Abstract

he presented considerations are an attempt to analyse such concepts as memory and dream, in which the image of the “country of childhood” plays an important role. Oskar Miłosz returns in his work, including the poem entitled In the Country of His Childhood Years (from the volume Les Sept Solitudes from 1906), to the past from where he extracts memories of Lithuania. The past is a place for him, time – marked by sensuality – is both locus amoenus and locus horridus. By “imagination creating” the poet suggests various images of symbolic character; the lyrical subject of his poems exists “among the ruins”. Like Baudelaire in the poem Swan, or Nerval – he wanders around Paris, looking for traces of his homeland in a new space. He is like Orpheus who gains wisdom and mystery in loss. The analysis of selected works by Oskar and Czesław Miłosz, the memory of their family relations, allow to understand their artistic choices and the longing for Lithuania,
the “country of childhood”, which is inscribed in their works. 

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