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Perverse theodicies: Leśmian – Barańczak – Różycki

Author(s): Małgorzata Gorczyńska
Subject(s): Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, Philology
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Bolesław Leśmian; Stanisław Barańczak; Tomasz Różycki; metaphysical poetry; theodicy
Summary/Abstract: The authoress draws a line leading from Bolesław Leśmian’s metaphysical poetry to the works of Stanisław Barańczak and Tomasz Różycki. The main contact points between them are two quotations: from Leśmian’s philosophical ballad ”Dziewczyna (The Girl)" in "Podróż zimowa" (Winter Journey) by Barańczak and from Barańczak’s "Widokówka z tego świata" (A Postcard from this World) in "Litery" (Letters) by Różycki. The three poets developed what is called here perverse theodicies in order to deal with God’s absence and possible responsibility for death and evil. The irony that is employed in their poetic works is not a means of derision but, paradoxically, of salvation.

  • Page Range: 335-352
  • Page Count: 18
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Polish