Oscar Milosz

About Oscar Milosz

Who is it?: Poet
Birth Day: May 28, 1877
Birth Place: Mogilev, French
Died On: March 2, 1939(1939-03-02) (aged 61)\nFontainebleau, France
Birth Sign: Gemini
Native name: Oskaras Milašius
Cause of death: Heart attack
Education: École des langues orientales
Occupation: Poet, playwright, diplomat

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Oscar Milosz was born on May 28, 1877 in Mogilev, French, is Poet. Oscar Milosz was a French-Lithuanian poet. While mostly unrecognized in his time, he later became a classic figure of turn-of-the-century poetry. A writer of verse, drama, essays, fiction and a compiler of Lithuanian folk tales, in his later years, he became an esteemed diplomat for Lithuania at the League of Nations. Raised in the countryside of present day Belarus, he was sent to study in Paris at the age of 12. His early works, like the 1889 Le Poème des Décadencesn, are characterized by his loneliness and melancholy away from his family. In 1914, while studying Emanuel Swedenborg and Dante Alighieri, he is said to have experienced a divine vision that forever changed his style. Today, Milosz is primarily associated with his more mature and imagery rich style, packed with alchemical symbolism, Christian cosmology and isolated imagery. During World War I, he was conscripted into the Russian army. During this time, he became associated with the Lithuanian independence movement. When Lithuania attained independence, he became a highly esteemed diplomat of the new country to France. Over his career, he produced three plays, two novels and a staggering number of poems, most of which have only been recently assembled into collections
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I am a Lithuanian poet, writing in French

— Oscar Milosz



Oscar Milosz was born in Čareja, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire, and spent his childhood in Čareja. He was baptized on July 2, 1886, at St. Alexander's Church in Warsaw. His father, Vladislas de Lubicz Milosz, was a former officer in the Russian army and his mother, Marie Rosalie Rosenthal, was a Polish Jew from Warsaw. His parents did not marry until Oscar Milosz was 17. In 1889, Milosz's parents placed him at the Lycée Janson de Sailly in Paris. He began writing poems in 1894 and started to frequent artistic circles, meeting Oscar Wilde and Jean Moréas. After finishing at the Lycée, he enrolled at the École des langues orientales, where he studied Syriac and Hebrew.


His first book of verse, Le Poème des Décadences, appeared in 1899. Milosz travelled widely in Europe and North Africa and explored many foreign literatures. He was an excellent Linguist and was fluent in English, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Polish, as well as being able to read Latin and Hebrew. Later in life, he would learn Lithuanian and Basque too. He chose to write his works in French.


On December 14, 1914, following on an intensive reading of the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, Milosz experienced an illumination, a Divine vision that he described to one of his friends as "I have seen the spiritual sun." On the wake of this vision, his poetry became more hermetic and more mature. He began the study of alchemy, the Kabbalah, Jacob Boehme, Paracelsus, the history of secret esoteric orders. At the same time, he engaged in Catholic meditative practices.


In 1916, during World War I, Milosz was conscripted to the Russian division of the French army and was assigned to the press corps. Here he learned about the growing movement for Lithuanian independence. By the end of the war when both Lithuania and Poland were effectively independent again, Milosz chose to identify with Lithuania - even though he did not yet speak Lithuanian — because he believed that it had been the original homeland of his ancestors in the 13th century. After the Russian revolution of 1917, Milosz's estate at Čareja came under Soviet control and was seized by the Bolsheviks. In 1920 when France recognized the independence of Lithuania, he was appointed officially as Chargé d'Affaires for the new state. In 1931 he became a French citizen and was awarded the Légion d'honneur.


Ill with cancer, he died of a heart attack at his house in Fontainebleau in 1939.