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Liryki dramatyczne Jerzego Lieberta
Dramatic lyrical poetry of Jerzy Liebert

Author(s): Joanna Warońska-Gęsiarz
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Jerzy Liebert; reading; Lyric; religiosity;demons;
Summary/Abstract: Jerzy Liebert is known predominantly as a poet, yet in his oeuvre we can also find drama pieces. The article provides an analysis of three poems that comprise polyphonic lyrical poetry: Dialog między poetą i panną [Dialogue between a Poet and a Maiden], Kuszenie [Temptation], and Anioł pokoju [Angel of Peace]. The selected pieces consist of dialogues only, which deprives them of the lyrical subject’s commentary and leads to confrontation of the almost diametrically opposed worldviews. The resolution of the agon is dependent on the character’s language ability. The selected poems-dialogues by Liebert depict his struggle with the roles imposed on him – that of a human and of a poet. The artist makes use of the models established in Romanticism and Young Poland (an important context of Wyspiański’s Wesele [The Wedding]), ponders upon poetic word, searches for ultimate truths, yet at the same time, he needs the recognition of his readers. Dramatic lyrical poems reveal liminal moments, where the decision of accepting a role is made. They become a written record of the illumination, epiphany and some training preparing him to face particular challenges, when both good and evil are “given as the sense” in his encounters with that which is unknown.

  • Page Range: 117-137
  • Page Count: 21
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: Polish