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We Are Not Alone
We Are Not Alone

Author(s): Krzysztof Koehler
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Polish Institute of Houston

Summary/Abstract: Mickiewicz presented dziady as a yearly ritual taking place somewhere in Belarusian provinces (then regarded as eastern Poland), officiated by the Spiritual Man. As Mickiewicz states in his introduction to Dziady Part II, dziady was a ritual rooted in paganism, one already pushed to the margins of society in his time. But the poet considerably enlarged its moral and spiritual meaning in later works, particularly in Dziady Part III [1832]. As a result, our perception of dziady is more serious; it points to something deeply rooted and essential to our being since as long as we live we can bargain with the eternal enemy of man and wrest away from him his notso-innocent victims. The greatest works of Polish literature and the spirituality of its greatest master, Adam Mickiewicz, provide us with the courage necessary to undertake these daring forays.

  • Issue Year: XXXIV/2014
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 1827-1831
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English