„Christ is the Aqua” – The Figure of Christ in the Metaphorical World of the Poetry of Symeon of Polotsk Cover Image

„Chrystus jest Aqua” – metafory chrystologiczne w poezji Symeona z Połocka
„Christ is the Aqua” – The Figure of Christ in the Metaphorical World of the Poetry of Symeon of Polotsk

Author(s): Barbara Kozak
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warmińsko-Mazurskiego w Olsztynie
Keywords: Symeon of Polotsk; baroque; metaphysical poetry; metaphor; metaphorization

Summary/Abstract: Metaphor is universally manifest in every language past and present and conspicuouslyembedded in the system of human cognition. We can assert that it plays the central role in theprocess of exploration and familiarization of the world. As such, metaphor is also one of themost interesting and complex means of poetic expression.Metaphor confronts concepts and objects belonging to different orders to bring a complexreality to the human dimensions, filtering and conditioning the world to his or her mindsetand mental capacities. As a tool of exploration and habituation of the world metaphor isdeeply rooted in human imagination and reflects the values of a community. It transformsincomprehensible ideas – including scientific or metaphysical abstracts but also such conceptsas time or love – into familiar shapes and formulas.This paper presents and reviews the process of metaphorization of Christ in the poetry ofSymeon of Polotsk. That Polish-Russian poet took profusely from the riches of the Baroqueto create such masterpieces as poems Chrystus Aqua, Kamień, Chleb, Kwiat, Dweri, Król,Żywot, Męka, Śmierć – to name only those discussed in this paper. The poems selected by theauthor form a particularly interesting continuum of visions entirely built around metaphorswhich constitute and organize poetic expressions.

  • Issue Year: 2/2013
  • Issue No: XV
  • Page Range: 129-137
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish