„The clocks […] strike the hours of the night… ” The Analysis of the Style of Some Entry From the Frédéric Chopin’s Intimate Diary Cover Image
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„Zegary […] nocną biją godzinę…”. O stylu pewnej notatki z dziennika intymnego Fryderyka Chopina
„The clocks […] strike the hours of the night… ” The Analysis of the Style of Some Entry From the Frédéric Chopin’s Intimate Diary

Author(s): Violetta Bukowska-Wilk
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydział Polonistyki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: trup; uczucia; emocje; styl ekspresywny; dziennik intymny; corpse; feelings; emotions; expressive style; intimate diary

Summary/Abstract: The article explores the stylistic composition of an entry from the Frédéric Chopin’s intimate diary, in which the artist compares himself to a corpse. The composer employs the stylistic device of representing ‘a person in a state of complete mental breakdown’ {as a living, live corpse}. The {living corpse} trope determines the Stuttgart writings meaning, axiological import, emotional aura and stylistic value. The style of the diary was defined by the emotive function of the language. In formulating his statement, the author makes references to stylistic varieties firmly established in the language, but the most unique and idiosyncratic aspects of Chopin’s style appear to be connected with his artistic identity as a composer. Frédéric Chopin’s funerary self-portrait is undoubtedly of value as a cultural text of universal significance.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 58
  • Page Range: 11-38
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: Polish