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Kupidyn i Śmierć, czyli o pewnej niezwykłej przygodzie antycznego bożka w poezji staropolskiej opisanej
Cupidine and Death or on a certain unique story of the Ancient god in the Old-Polish poetry described

Author(s): Marzena Walińska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The very dissertation is devoted to three works of the Old‑Polishliterature describing themotive of the meeting of the love god, Cupidine with Death, arrow changes and consequences derivingfrom it. The anecdote, unknown from Ancient messages, is the subject‑matterof the 157 workfrom Figliki by Mikołaj Rej and constitutes one of the most interesting examples of using mythologyin his writings. The text entitled in the same way (Śmierć z Kupidynem), probably based onFiglik, includes a selection of Fraszki by Wacław Potocki also written at the end of the 17th century.The story described therein is enriched with the local colouring and extra details, and, at the sametime, deprived of the moralizing comment, which closed Rej’s work. The third one, in which the verymotive appears with substantial modifications, is an idyl V from Sielanki nowe ruskie by Józef BartłomiejZimorowic. By means of a unique story of the weapon exchange of the love god, Zimorowicshows a premature death of Szymon’s younger brother (the text was created on the 18th anniversaryof his death) in a metaphorical way.In conclusion, the hypothesis on a common source of the motive, i.e. an LXV emblem fromKsiążeczka emblematów by Andrei Alciatus is put forward.

  • Page Range: 128-144
  • Page Count: 17
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Language: Polish