The Mystic

"Anhelli" genezyjski
The Mystic "Anhelli"

Author(s): Jacek Lyszczyna
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Juliusz Słowacki; Anhelli; “the Christ of Nation” idea

Summary/Abstract: Just like Mickiewicz's “Books of the Polish Nation and its Pilgrimage”, Słowacki's poem was usually interpreted as the one describing Great Emigration and addressed to Polish emigrants. These two works however present two different images of Polish emigration and two different political and historical diagnoses. First of all Słowacki rejects in “Anhelli” the possibility to interpret Polish fate and future in the context of „the Christ of Nations” idea, which is suggested in Mickiewicz's work. “Anhelli” was one of a very few pieces from Słowacki's earlier works that the poet approved in his mystic period. In the context of his mystic philosophy such clearly pessimistic vision of emigration as the one presented in “Anhelli”, becomes a necessary element in a chain of transformations that lead to the perfect future.

  • Issue Year: 4/2009
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 39-46
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish