By Czeslaw Milosz
"A choice of three hundred poems from writers world wide, chosen and edited via Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz Czesław Miłosz's A booklet of Luminous Things—his own collection of poems from the previous and present—is a testomony to the beautiful different types of human event, provided up in order that we may even see the myriad ways in which event may be shared in phrases and photographs. Miłosz offers a preface to every of those poems, divided into thematic (and usually beguiling) sections, comparable to “Travel,” “History,” and “The mystery of a Thing,” that make the examining as educational because it is inspirational and remind us how powerfully poetry can contact our minds and hearts. "
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F. , London, 1893, pp. xvi, xxiv. 2 MAX NORDAU, in his bulky book entitled Degeneration. fil // E|/T /MM3/D l / lib / / l d P 24 h l[27 02 2011 00 28 08] Page 25 Immediate luminousness, in short, philosophical reasonableness, and moral helpfulness are the only available criteria. Saint Teresa might have had the nervous system of the placidest cow, and it would not now save her theology, if the trial of the theology by these other tests should show it to be contemptible. And conversely if her theology can stand these other tests, it will make no difference how hysterical or nervously off her balance Saint Teresa may have been when she was with us here below.
It is the beatitude of man. It makes him illimitable. When he says 'I ought'; when love warms him; when he chooses, warned from on high, the good and great deed; then, deep melodies wander through his soul from supreme wisdom. Then he can worship, and be enlarged by his worship; for he can never go behind this sentiment. All the expressions of this sentiment are sacred and permanent in proportion to their purity. [They] affect us more than all other compositions. The sentences of the olden time, which ejaculate this piety, are still fresh and fragrant.
Yet it is for the moment Voltaire's reaction on the whole of life. ' And the happy term je m'en fichisme recently has been invented to designate the systematic determination not to take anything in life too solemnly. 'All is vanity' is the relieving word in all difficult crises for this mode of thought, which that exquisite literary genius Renan took pleasure, in his later days of sweet decay, in putting into coquettishly sacrilegious forms which remain to us as excellent expressions of the 'all is vanity' state of mind.