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„Po drugiej stronie czasu”. Powrót jako kategoria negatywna (?) w poezji roczników siedemdziesiątych
“Po drugiej stronie czasu”. Return as a negative (?) category in the poetry of the 70’s

Author(s): Magdalena Piotrowska-Grot
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The present article is an attempt at an analytical assessment of the poetic world of “poetry of the seventies” (Różycki, Siwczyk, Barański, Jarosz, Podgórnik). The argument lacks an attempt to define the character and aesthetics of the group in question (after all, the analysis concerns only a few of its representatives), focusing instead on the analysis of selected poetic works in order to show the specific way of dealing with the category of return variously defined in this poetry. Such a way of constructing the subject is inspired by the achievements of the Geneva school of literary criticism. Subsequent analyses show not only the importance and frequency of the selected category in the poetry of the group, but also the significant similarities and differences in the poetic presentation of the different types and effects of “return”. In the case of the poems discussed in the article, we deal with a return often marked by failure, devoid of the positive traits of sightseeing, cognition, travelling, which is followed by “being at home”. Despite the ambivalence in the perception of this category in individual works, the analyses conducted prove that the return is an unambiguously negative experience, after all it can also be a return home, to one’s own place, but often it becomes a bittersweet soothing, always questioning the sense of the leaving that started everything, closing the individual in a paradoxical trap.

  • Page Range: 177-194
  • Page Count: 18
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish