Title: Tropem myśliwego. Echa Mickiewiczowskie w poezji Czesława Miłosza (i nie tylko)
Authors: Van Heuckelom, Kris # ×
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Uniwersytet Slaski w Katowicach
Series Title: Postscriptum Polonistyczne vol:7 issue:1 pages:213-232
Abstract: It is a truism that the work of Adam Mickiewicz occupies a central place in Czesław Miłosz’s
literary universe. The present paper seeks to investigate one particular Mickiewiczian micro-
-element that strikingly often recurs in Miłosz’s writings, namely the so-called “kernel” of the
Lithuanian forests (jądro gęstwiny). Significantly, while wilderness areas such as woods and forests
have always filled the human imagination with awe and fear, Miłosz has turned the Lithuanian
“thicket” into one of the cornerstones of his poetic topography, investing its mysterious “kernel”
with epiphanic and eschatological potential. Partially mediated by some of his other childhood
readings Lato leśnych ludzi (The Forest People’s Summer) by Zofia Rodziewiczówna, Na tropie przyrody
(On the Trail of Nature) and W puszczy (In the Wood) by Włodzimierz Korsak, Nasz las i jego mieszkańcy
(Our Forest and Its Inhabitants) by Bohdan Dyakowski and Soból i panna (The Sable and the Girl) by
Józef Weyssenhoff), Miłosz’s mythologization (if not sacralization) of the wildland spaces of his
childhood might be said to add a particular (pagan and gendered) twist to the traditional repertory
of Christian (u)topography, in particular its rural and urban manifestations (the Garden of Eden
and Heavenly Jerusalem).
ISSN: 1898-1593
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: AT
Appears in Collections:Slavonic and East European Studies, Leuven
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