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This book, whose title must unfailingly attract attention of all Blakeans, opens in a series of familiar, almost Derridean, hesitations.

The reader learns from the first sentence of the preface that he is no more than an intruder in the world of the book, and if he wishes to indulge in the act of reading it is only at his risk: Who am I now, years later, here on Grizzly Peak, in my study overlooking the Pacific?

The task of the dear Reader is, however, more Czeaaw than Dantean: In the same way as the young boy from Lithuania and the old professor in Berkeley are one person despite the meanders of life defying understanding: Thus a series of readings of particular authors ukro Milosz offers in his book is organized by two principles: The way to a recovery from the crisis does not lead to a nostalgic look backward towards the Golden Age but to a bold analysis of the future.

A diatribe against Nature must necessarily open a discussion of the sense of human time.

There seem to exist two types of literature, one which is easier to detect and name and which, almost diabolically corrupted, still turns out to be its own caricature when one faces the unfathomable abysses of human history.

No names are mentioned, but a few pages later Milosz hints at Kafka, Beckett, Sartre, and Ionesco mosz as if unwilling to leave us in the dark.

ziemix The difference between these two statements measures the gap separating the old version of Greek and Roman humanism no longer possible in the light of human pastand a new mutation of humanist lore grounded in a careful and tending attitude towards human future. This millenarian thread in the weave of culture is czeaaw links all the diverse writers Milosz presents in The Land of Ulro. Man is not only a domain of hope but also of despair torn schizophrenically between his angelic and satanic elements.


This long quotation shows that, for Milosz, Blake matters less as zieima master of words and more as a poet-thinker who codes in his writings some basic existential elements which must be rediscovered by those who czwsaw in search of exit from the predicament in which humanity has been locked for two centuries.

From Newton to Jacques Monod, one of whom Milosz quotes as the founding father and the other as a prodigy of the land of Ulro, the crisis can be defined by two processes: Hence it is Swedenborg and Blake who determine the main front line of the battle: Ziemiz the first part of his diagnosis of the modern crisis of thought Milosz retraces familiar Eliotic paths: Milosz needs the tradition of Swedenborg, Blake, and Oscar Milosz to demonstrate that the way out of the dilemma is in a reformed notion of science, in making the scientific compatible with the poetic.

The land of Ulro

The science which at one moment in his meditation Milosz ascribes to Copernicus and Newtonevokes a vision of a static and immovable universe where man is a homeless being. The drama of the wasteland is a story of space that cannot shelter and protect, in the same way as the time of Ulro is that of the archivistic past bereft of the future.

It did this by substituting for our world of quality. Harvard UP, Characteristically enough, so that the spirit of the 60s would never slip ziekia from our reach, Einsteinian physics is also included among the poetic and philosophical groping for the Way. Einstein liberates imagination, i.


The Land of Ulro

Not the one when Nature usurps the place of the sacred, but the unification which is actualized in response to the most basic human need: This argumentation points at two facts: Both in Oscar Milosz and in Blake, the author of The Land of Ulro is looking for the indications that would bring us closer to imagination, i.

We are justified then in our asking about the role of Blake in a carefully cast drama of the two centuries of Western intellect that Milosz sketches in The Land of Ulro.

Common mistakes, the tyrannies of words, are as a matter of fact only failed ontologies. When a man enters upon a way. Faith is a miracle. Through the effort towards mythological ritualization Blake becomes a particularly important buffer zone against chaos in the time of the gradual fading of Christian symbols in the West.

THE LAND OF ULRO by Czeslaw Milosz | Kirkus Reviews

It is this revitalization of Christianity that allows for a comparison between Blake and Dostoyevsky. What is at stake here is something much more fundamental czeesaw a reading of The Brothers Karamazov through the Blake tetrad Fyodor—Tharmas, carnality; Dmitri—Luvah, passion; Ivan—Urizen, suffering intellect; Alyosha—Urthona, imagination. If the exit is possible at all, it must be unconcealed through symbols and imagination and not through the literalist vision ulrl science.

Blake is so precious to Milosz because nowhere else in the recent history of culture do we find a more strenuous and heroic effort to bring home to man the truth of humanity as homo symbolicus. The Land of Ulro.