Thursday, October 06, 2005

POEMS POEMS #3

L O V E
by: Czeslaw Milosz


Love means to learn to look at yourself
The way one looks at distant things
For you are only one thing among many.
And whoever sees that way heals his heart,
Without knowing it, from various ills
A bird and a tree say to him: Friend.
Then he wants to use himself and things
So that they stand in the glow of ripeness.
It doesnt matter whether he knows what he serves:
Who serves best doesnt always understand.


This poem has a much lighter tone than the other poems that I've been using. That's kind of weird because when you read the title, "LOVE", you almost expect some intense poem that's filled with emotion and feeling. This author definitely sets a lighter and almost more informative mood.
As for the content, the writer's perspective on love is very interesting. I am pretty curious as to what his muse was in writing this poem. It really doesn't seem like a girl was his muse in this case because he talks about trees and birds more than about hot feelings between passionate lovers.
At first this poem seems confusing but my interpretation of this poem is this; love is thinking about others first. In the first two lines, the author says that love is seeing yourself like seeing things from afar. If we see ourselves from a distance that rules out the idea of being self-centered. He then goes on to say that this will heal our hearts. If we are being self-centered then we most definitely will get hurt when our selfish beings are not being satisfied by the attention of others. Furthermore, the writer brings out the idea of serving a tree and a bird. These things seem unimportant and trivial compared to serving say the President of the United States. But the writer says, "It doesnt matter whether he knows what he serves". The author's idea of love seems to really correspond with selflessness.

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