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«Poesis Artificiosa»

Between Theory and Practice


Edited By Agnieszka Borysowska and Barbara Milewska-Wazbinska

Poesis artificiosa was known in the literary heritage of ancient Greeks and Romans, and in the Far and Middle East. Its tradition was preserved in the Middle Ages and practiced later. Poesis artificiosa gained an unprecedented popularity in the Baroque – a period most inclined towards all manner of special effects. The aim of this book is to present problems related to the Neo-Latin pattern poetry created from the 15th to the 18th century in Central Europe, mainly in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, German Pomerania, and Silesia. In the initial chapters, the authors discuss the practical application of pattern poetry in religious works, in compositions intended for the commemoration of the departed, and in poems featuring panegyric content. The remaining chapters refer to its theoretical aspects.


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Some Example of Metrical Virtuosity. Poetic Psalm Paraphrase of Caspar Cunradus. Angelika Modlińska-Piekarz


Some Example of Metrical Virtuosity Poetic Psalm Paraphrase of Caspar Cunradus Angelika Modlińska-Piekarz John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin Doctor Caspar Cunradus (1571–1633) from Vratislavia belongs to the most popular and highly regarded exponents of Silesian humanism at the turn of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is an author of not only poetic Paraphrase of the Psalter, to which this article is devot- ed, but also numerous poetical verses. Separately or together with oth- er Silesian poets, Cunradus published about a hundred publications between 1598–1632.1 We can classify some of these verses as artistic poetry, but in this place I would like to discuss his poetic Psalter Para- phrase in Latin. It is not an artistic poetry sensu stricto (that is in the present meaning of this term), but undoubtedly it is able to amaze and astonish all the readers. At the beginning it was published partially as decades. Decades I–VII were published in Frankfurt in 1602–1604, dec- ades VIII–XV were published in Lignic in 1604–1606.2 The whole Psal- ter was printed in Olsne of Silesia in 16073 and later in Frankfurt in 1615 and in Olsne in 1615. The Paraphrase, where each Psalm was 1 Almost all works of Caspar Cunradus (Cunradi) were catalogued in the internet base of the Special Collection of the National Library in Warsaw. Link: Old Printed Books from sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Catalogue of Micro- films. See: and (accessed 10.12.2010). 2 Caspar Cunradus, Prima Psalmodiae...

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