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O rzeczach. Interpretacyjne „obroty” wokół wiersza Jerzego Lieberta
On Things. Interpretative „turns” around a poem by Jerzy Liebert

Author(s): Aleksander Nawarecki
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Jerzy Liebert; reading; Lyric; religiosity;demons;
Summary/Abstract: The purpose of the article is to emphasise historical, literary and philosophical range of a poem O rzeczach [On Things] by Jerzy Liebert. Written in 1928, the text displays ontological otherness of the eponymous “things.” Moreover, it views them as subjects and takes over their point of view, and also makes an attempt to give voice to them. This train of reasoning, and at the same time an experiment of “subjectification of an object” transcends the horizon of the Skamander poetics of everydayness (Tuwim, Iwaszkiewicz, Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska) and anticipates a “reistic” reflection of Heidegger or Derrida, as well as it goes beyond the implorative “turn to things.” The uniqueness of Liebert’s poem has been presented in a native context of his writings in which everyday things have special importance, especially implements that accompany man in his sickness and death. A precursory character of Liebert’s oeuvre is evidenced by its reception – references to the poem On Things have been found in Mieczysław Braun’s Sonnet VIII (1937), in Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński’s Sprzęty [Devices] (1941), in Stanisław Swen Czachorowski’s Klęczniki oriońskie [The Orione Prie-Dieux] that appeared after World War II, and especially in Miron Białoszewski’s Obroty rzeczy [The Revolutions of Things] (1956) which derived its title from a quotation from Liebert.

  • Page Range: 163-176
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: Polish