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The Prose Poem As a (Non)Genre. A Polish Case Study

A Polish Case Study


Agnieszka Kluba

Is the prose poem revolutionary and subversive, or marginal and lyrical? What makes a piece of prose a prose poem? Is its identity vague or precisely defined? Can every poem written in prose be considered a prose poem, a form influenced by the brilliant invention of French literature and by authors such as Baudelaire or Rimbaud? Agnieszka Kluba discusses the prose poem by providing a comprehensive summary of the existing approaches to it, but also by proposing an original conception of this form of writing. Kluba does not limit herself to considerations within literary genre theory and remains close to the poetic texts she considers. Following the intricate line of the prose poem, in Polish and European literature, she carefully assigns to prose poetry a place in Modern literary history.

The Prose Poem: Genre Related Reflections – Hermeneutical Genre Theory – The Architextuality of the Prose Poem – Theories of the Prose Poem – The “Prose Poetries” of Young Poland – Interwar Qasidas, Pictures, Calligraphies, Sketches – War-Time “Prose Lyrics” – The Prose Poem in Post-War Polish Literature