The Metaphysical Lining of Reality. On the Symbolism of Water in Władysław Sebyła’s Poetry Cover Image
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Metafizyczna podszewka rzeczywistości. O symbolice wody w wierszach Władysława Sebyły
The Metaphysical Lining of Reality. On the Symbolism of Water in Władysław Sebyła’s Poetry

Author(s): Anna Szóstak
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The article constitutes an attempt at identifying the motif of water in WładysławSebyła’s oeuvre and unraveling its symbolic connotations. A closer analysis of Sebyła’spoetry reveals a poetic view of reality whose signature and constitutive feature is the Baumanian idea of fluidity, inconstancy and changeability, which reflects the uncertainty of fate and the human condition both in mundane and eschatological perspectives. Water, found in various shapes and forms, both in liquid and solid state, evokes the metaphysics of life in Sebyła’s poetry at the same time as it directs the reader towards the inconceivable and the unnamable, to the Mystery hidden under the surface of things. Interestingly enough, the motif and its use by the poet do not serve exclusively to express only the catastrophic stance, but also to affirm life and remind the reader of the concept of apokatastasis – the belief in rebirth and the freeing power and the sense of people’s sacrifices.

  • Page Range: 61-75
  • Page Count: 15
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish