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O Mickiewiczowskim „ja”. Szkic
An essay on Mickiewicz’s ‘I'

Author(s): Jarosław Mariusz Ławski
Subject(s): Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: lyric subject; lyrical poet; poetic piece; mystical perception; cognitive depth; Mickiewicz’s lyric poetry
Summary/Abstract: The principal domain of the author of this essay is the concept of a lyric subject throughout Adam Mickiewicz’s career path as a lyrical poet. In this essay the author tries to grasp the continuity of the lyric subject all through Mickiewicz’s poetic output as well as to emphasise the evolution of this lyric subject in the proceeding stages of Mickiewicz’s poetic development with a particular attention to the meaning and trend of this subject. The author delineates his own definition of a poetic piece – it is a reflection of life experience, of life story but not as an abstract record isolated from the lyric subject (‘I’). It is its integral element and its emanation. The conclusion is that the lyric ‘I’ does not exist separate from the body of the text and the text does not exist without lyric ‘I’. The convergent point of the lyric subject that undergoes changes and its textual emanation is presented in the poem "Widzenie" [A Vision]. It is an account of a mystical state or else a mystical perception expressed by means of a verse form. According to the author of this essay, the poem represents the most complex form of expression of cognitive depth which is revealed in Mickiewicz’s lyric poetry.

  • Page Range: 30-49
  • Page Count: 20
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish