Poetic dedication in early printed on the second half of the XVI century Cover Image

Паэтычная дэдыкацыя ў старадруках ВКЛ другой паловы XVI стагоддзя
Poetic dedication in early printed on the second half of the XVI century

Author(s): Hanna Karpovič
Subject(s): Architecture, Studies of Literature, 16th Century, Rhetoric
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku
Keywords: versified dedication; the Grand Duchy of Lithuania; emblematic compositions of heraldic character; rhetoric; epistolography; composition of dedication; panegyric;

Summary/Abstract: In the 16th century versified dedication functioned as a combination of a letter and speech of praise (laudatory speech), which was possible due to its connections with rhetoric and epistolography as the 16th century versified dedications were written in accordance with certain rules. One of the most important criteria was architectonic requirement, i.e. the composition of dedication consisted of inscription, main part and conclusion. Patrons’ dedications and panegyric dedications approached the best models of epideictic oratory whereas family dedications concentrated on emotions and on the fact that literary composition was dedicated and presented to an addressee. Versified dedications are particularly important and valuable considering their functions as the reflection of world views, the means of book advertising, the source of information about authors and their creative methods.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 159-185
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: Belarussian