“Brother hare, sister lily”: Franciscan spirituality in Zuzana Nováková’s poetry Cover Image

„Bratře zajíci, sestro lilie“: františkánství v poezii Zuzany Novákové
“Brother hare, sister lily”: Franciscan spirituality in Zuzana Nováková’s poetry

Author(s): Marta Janíčková
Subject(s): Literary Texts, Theology and Religion, Czech Literature
Published by: Vydavateľstvo Minor, Kapucíni na Slovensku
Keywords: Zuzana Nováková; Czech poetry; Franciscan spirituality; nature; trust;

Summary/Abstract: This article analyzes Zuzana Nováková’s poetry from the perspective of Franciscan spirituality – throughout all of her poetic texts for adult readers it searches for inspiration by Franciscan spirituality on the thematic, motivic and formal level. Poetic texts written by Nováková are full of the attitude of trust, harmony of the inner world in contrast with the danger of the world outside, they are often inspired by nature in the sense of fraternity and connection of all that is created; calling plants and animals “brothers” and “sisters” is not rare in them either – as it is in St. Francis’s texts. Zuzana Nováková also wrote a whole long piece The Legend of Princess Agnes about Agnes of Bohemia (Order of St. Clare) and rewrote some legends from the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Franciscan point of view is one of the constitutional features of Nováková’s poetry.

  • Issue Year: 7/2022
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 108-114
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Czech