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"Broń mnie przed sobą samym…" jako modlitwa i kontemplacja Boga
"Broń mnie przed sobą samym..." [Defend me Against Myself…] as a prayer and contemplation of God

Author(s): Anita Całek
Subject(s): Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: meditative prayer; demeanour of contemplating God; Broń mnie przed sobą samym…; Catholic mysticism; negative theology; apophatic; Christology; The Old and the New Testament; Naśladowanie Chrystusa
Summary/Abstract: The article proposes a new approach to read Mickiewicz’s poem "Broń mnie przed sobą samym…" [Defend Me Against Myself…] in the context of meditative prayer and demeanour of contemplating God. Recalling orthodox contexts such as negative theology (apophatic), Christology, the "Old" and the "New Testament", "The Imitation of Christ" by Thomas à Kempis and the "Spiritual Exercises" by Ignatius Loyola, the author shows correlations between Mickiewicz’s poem and Catholic mysticism, offering a counterbalance to the existing interpretations (J. Kleiner, S. Makowski, I. Jokiel, J. Lyszczyna and others) focused on theosophical and heterodoxal themes predominantly.

  • Page Range: 338-372
  • Page Count: 35
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish