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quotes: milosz on hope in poetry

Posted by rigorousm on July 12, 2012

Sometimes the world loses its face. It becomes too base. The task of the poet is to restore its face, because otherwise man is lost in doubt and despair. It is an indication that the world need not always be like this; it can be different.

— Czeslaw Milosz, “A Semi-Private Letter about Poetry” in To Begin Where I Am: Selected Essays, p350.

 

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