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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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Chronograms in the Poetry of Maurycy Kiełkowski and Other Poets of the Saxon Period in Poland. Magdalena Piskała


Chronograms in the Poetry of Maurycy Kiełkowski and Other Poets of the Saxon Period in Poland Magdalena Piskała The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Science Maurycy Kiełkowski is not a poet who would be much appreciated to- day. He was the author of just a few books of occasional verse,1 and his work is notable mostly for the diversity of forms that he used. Among them, we can find genres which we would not include in the category of poesis artificiosa, like the elogia in the book written on the occasion of electing Teodor Potocki as Primate of Poland in 1724,2 or emblems and funeral poems.3 Nevertheless, he is, above all, known as the author of poems in which the artfulness of form is the most impressive feature. The most important of his works as far as this artfulness of form is con- cerned are two occasional volumes devoted to St. Anthony of Padua. Since the first of them, Hypomnema Franciscanum, which was composed for the occasion of receiving the relic of St. Anthony from St. Mary’s Ba- silica in Kraków by the church of Conventual Franciscans in Warsaw, has been discussed thoroughly by Piotr Rypson4 and Barbara Milewska- Waźbińska5 there is no need for a lengthy description of particular gen- res of poesis artificiosa found in there. Suffice it to say that despite the 1 For the full bibliography of Kiełkowski’s works cf. Karol Estreicher, Bibliografia...

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