From the premonition of the catastrophe to the fulfilled Apocalypse. The early poems of the poet - especially those coming from his first two volumes: "A Poem on frozen time" and "Three winters" are catastrophical in their mood.
Catastrophism - from Greek: katastrophe - upheaval, a turning point, is the intellectual attitude characterized by fear of inevitable extermination (annihilation): the present world is in danger. So too are individual human beings, values, culture and civilization. The representatives of catastrophism in Polish literature are: Krasiński (the question about the sense of history), Kasprowicz, Witkiewicz (civilization will be the cause of cultural extermination), Baczyński (the extermination of generation), Konwicki (the extermination of values), Czechowicz (war).
The poems are full of the mood of threat and fear, they present apocalyptical visions. The poetical pictures present the world plunged into oblivion (forgetfulness); time and history stop.
The poem "Statue of a Couple" originates from one of the first Miłosz's volume: "Three Winters". We have to remember that this poem was written three years before the beginning of the Second World War and we can feel the depressing mood.
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