The Great Improvisation in the Light of Mickiewicz’s Lyrics From the Manuscripts of “Dziady” (“Forefathers’ Eve”) Part Three Cover Image
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Wielka Improwizacja w świetle liryków Mickiewicza z rękopisów III części „Dziadów”
The Great Improvisation in the Light of Mickiewicz’s Lyrics From the Manuscripts of “Dziady” (“Forefathers’ Eve”) Part Three

Author(s): Kwiryna Ziemba
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Mickiewicz;manuscripts of "Dziady";Mickiewicz's "The Great Improvisation",Mickiewicz's "Forefather's Eve" Part Three;Mickiewicz's "Do Samotności";Mickiewicz's "Te rozkwitłe świeżo drzewa..."

Summary/Abstract: The article presents an array of meanings of "Wielka Improwizacja" ("The Great Improvisation") read with respect to persisting impact of "Forefathers’ Eve" Part Three on Polish national identity and social behaviour. The author analyses the concept of Konrad and the poet’s identification with the protagonist, and her interest is in the subject’s successive strengthening and lessening – a continuous existential theme in Mickiewicz’s creativity – and in a similar depiction of creative process dynamics in "The Great Improvisation". The context of considerations are three poems: "Do Samotności" ("To Solitude"), "Te rozkwitłe świeżo drzewa..." ("The newly blossomed trees...") and "Ja w mej chacie spać nie mogę..." ("I cannot sleep in my house...") interpreted as a development of subjectivity issues and poetological themes of "Forefathers’ Eve". The poems in which lessening of subjectivity in comparison with an excessively strong subject of "The Great Improvisation" is observed are viewed as thematic variants and poetic appositions and commentaries to the entirety of "Forefathers’ Eve" Part Three, deconstructing and nuancing its pathos.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 7-40
  • Page Count: 34
  • Language: Polish