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Apokryfy polskiej poezji współczesnej
Apocryphal Texts in Contemporary Polish Poetry

Author(s): Joanna Dembińska-Pawelec
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Zbigniew Herbert’s “Domysły na temat Barabasza [Speculations on the Subject of Barabbas]”; Jarosław Marek Rymkiewicz’s “Wiersz na te słowa Heraklita... [Poem to Heraclitus...]"; apocryphal texts

Summary/Abstract: The text assumes an analysis of the situation of apocryphal texts in contemporary Polish poetry. It reconstructs the history of the term and introduces its division into apocrypha proper, medieval, and literary apocrypha. Two models of literary apocrypha are considered in the paper, namely those pertaining to the Bible, and those which constitute a different canon from the archetext. As based on Zbigniew Herbert’s poem “Domysły na temat Barabasza (Speculations on the Subject of Barabbas)” the author presents a model referring to the Biblical account. In turn, Jarosław Marek Rymkiewicz’s piece “Wiersz na te słowa Heraklita: »Nie można wejść dwa razy do tej samej rzeki« (Poem to Heraclitus: »No man ever steps in the same river twice«)” invoking the context of non-Biblical account shows a model which follows the apocryphal rule: it gives a text in the palimpsest form with emphasis put on a complex intertextual relationship, and discloses its canonical inspiration.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 137-150
  • Page Count: 14