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On Cyprian Norwid. Studies and Essays

Vol. 1: Syntheses

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Edited By Agata Brajerska-Mazur and Edyta Chlebowska

The book is the first volume of an extensive four-volume monograph devoted to the work of Cyprian Norwid (1821–1883), one of the most outstanding Polish authors. The impact of Norwid’s oeuvre does not fade, as he addresses fundamental and timeless issues, such as the moral and spiritual condition of man or his place in the world and history and seeks to answer universal questions. The book contains an extensive selection of contributions which represent different approaches to the poet’s work. They cover various areas of research, including interpretation, thematology, genology, and editing.

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Discovering Norwid’s Poetry

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“Co piszę?” – mnie pytałeś; oto list ten piszę do Ciebie –

Zaś nie powiedz, iż drobną szlę Ci dań – tylko poezję!

Tę, która bez złota uboga jest – lecz złoto bez niej,

Powiadam Ci, zaprawdę jest nędzą-nędz…

Cyprian Kamil Norwid “Do Bronisława Z.”

[“What am I writing?” you ask; well I’m writing you this letter –

But don’t say I’ve sent you a token gift – it’s only poetry!

Poetry without gold is poor – but gold without her,

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