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Apis mellifera (Rilke, Leśmian, Valéry, Miłosz)
Apis mellifera (Rilke, Leśmian, Valéry, Miłosz)

Author(s): Tomasz Wójcik
Subject(s): Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, Philology
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: apis mellifera; Bolesław Leśmian; Czesław Miłosz; Rainer Maria Rilke; Paul Valéry
Summary/Abstract: The reading concerns Paul Valéry’s sonnet "The Bee", a fragment of Rainer Maria Rilke’s letter to Witold Hulewicz, Bolesław Leśmian’s poem "The Beesand" a fragment of Czesław Miłosz’s poem "Orpheus and Eurydice". Recognising the semantics and the symbolism of the figure of a bee, which is common to all these texts, allows us to consider them to be the elements of a broader ontological project: an attempt to answer the question of the relation between being and non-being. In essence, this project is about denying the division between being and non-being, proposing the concept of a greater whole instead.

  • Page Range: 96-102
  • Page Count: 7
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Polish