On Some Editorial Problems of the Poem “Angel of Fire – My Left Angel...

Nad wierszem „Anioł ognisty – mój anioł lewy...” O kilku problemach edytorskich
On Some Editorial Problems of the Poem “Angel of Fire – My Left Angel..."

Author(s): Jacek Brzozowski
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Słowacki's “Angel of Fire – My Left Angel...";

Summary/Abstract: The poem known as "Angel of fire – my left angel..." consisting of 16 lines has also a version in which the incipit line reads “The angel of flames, my left angel,” and the poem itself, regardless of minor differences, is 2 lines longer than the known manuscript. The different version was published in 1908 in “Słowo Polskie [Polish Word]” by Jan Pietrzycki, as he informed, on the basis of Hipolit Błotnicki’s copy. Preparing with Zbigniew Przychodniak the critical edition of Słowacki’s Poems (Poznań 2005), we failed to access the Lvov periodical in question; focusing only on critical editions, we also omitted the popular ones edited by Pini (publ. 1909, 1933, 1937) in which the poem is present in its longer version (Ewa Szczeglacka wrote about this problem a few years ago) and has the incipit title Angel of fire – my left angel... By a stroke of luck in December 2008 we received an image of the text published in “Słowo Polskie.” Thus, it seemed reasonable to complement the piece of information contained in the note to the poem in the 2005 collection. Considering the above, the character of the present paper is to give an extended version of a note to the poem with a full history of the piece. On the margin of the poem’s history I may also raise questions on the authorship of the poem The angel of flames, my left angel...

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 201-209
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish