Biblical inspirations in the early works of Symeon o f Polock Cover Image

Inspiracje biblijne we wczesnej poezji Symeona z Połocka
Biblical inspirations in the early works of Symeon o f Polock

Author(s): Barbara Kozak
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warmińsko-Mazurskiego w Olsztynie
Keywords: The culture of Baroque; Symeon of Polock:

Summary/Abstract: The culture of Baroque nurtured reflection upon the human predicament and human relaltionswith God. Many literary texts of the period delved into the obscurity of human destiny, deathand the Last Judgement, calling for prudency and christian obedience. For those reasons the Biblewas the primary inspiration and constituted the canon of intellectual discourse. Biblical texts,particularly the Old Testament writings, were also potent sources of poetical stimuli for Baroqueauthors. The Gospels in turn were considered sacred, Jesus and Holy Mary untouchable by thevulgarity of poetic creations. Gospel themes appeared in the poetic writngs of the Baroque only tospread and emphasise the importance of christian ethics as illustrated by the birth, martyrdom anddeath of Jesus.Motifs and threads of the Gospels are also evident in the early works of Symeon of Polockwhich exemplifies a deeply religious character of his poetry.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: XV
  • Page Range: 7-16
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish