“…are you a bird, a tree or a stone?”. Władysław Sebyła’s Ojcze nasz as a Cycle of Prayerful Paradoxes Cover Image
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„…czyś ptakiem, drzewem, czy kamieniem?”. Ojcze nasz Władysława Sebyły jako cykl modlitewnych paradoksów
“…are you a bird, a tree or a stone?”. Władysław Sebyła’s Ojcze nasz as a Cycle of Prayerful Paradoxes

Author(s): Katarzyna Janus
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 an interpretation of Władysław Sebyła’s poem Ojcze nasz (Our Father). The explication of the text is preceded by references to earlier religious poems written by the poet, which serve to establish a proper context for the reading of the poem. The article postulates that Sebyła can be characterized by his antitheism. This concept, in turn, in the context of explaining the provenance of the creative act, was elaborated in more detail by Tadeusz Zieliński, whose lectures Sebyła attended regularly. The hypothesis concerning the “borrowing” of the idea of antitheism seems to be confirmed by the lexical dimension of the poem as well as frequent allusions to Nietzsche’s philosophy.The article attempts to foreground the discussed poems in the Bible, explain the existence of religious symbolism, identify the poet’s sources of inspiration and point to the dialogue between the poet and tradition. In the conclusion, the author formulates a thesis which postulates that Sebyła’s poetry presented in the article remains deeply religious at its core, even though its religious nature does not seem very obvious at the first glance.

  • Page Range: 235-248
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish