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## Polish religious and metaphysical poetry of the 20th and 21st century which ‘saves the disorder of things’

### Edyta Sołtys-Lewandowska

#### Abstract

The aim of this dissertation is to distinguish and describe two types of poetry, namely, the religious and the metaphysical one. Due to the fact that both terms are not described in much detail in Polish literary studies, they are frequently used interchangeably. Therefore, this thesis embarks on distinguishing them on theoretical grounds and provides its own typology. Even though religious poetry is a variant of metaphysical poetry, this dissertation assumes that they constitute two different kinds of poetry. What is characteristic of religious poetry is the subject identified with homo religiosus i.e. the subject maintaining the relation with Sacrum. Not only is religious poetry characterized by the religious aspect, but also by profanation, desacralization, rebellion, uncertainty and doubt. The criterion of personal God is an important feature which distinguishes religious poetry from metaphysical one. This kind of poetry constitutes an answer to the eternal datum questionis – both in the philosophical sense: what being and the foundation of the world is about, and in the existential one: who I am, where I am going. By analyzing sacralization and desacralization in contemporary poetry, describing figures of God (especially the figure of the Father and of the Lord) and characterizing contemporary variants of metaphysics, this thesis provides the background for understanding religious and metaphysical changes both in the context of postsecularization and the crisis of metaphysics.
Record ID
UAM459708c1c34b461fb84667bbe61aa835
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Title in Polish
O „ocalającej nieporządek rzeczy” polskiej poezji religijnej i metafizycznej XX i XXI wieku
Title in English
Polish religious and metaphysical poetry of the 20th and 21st century which ‘saves the disorder of things’
Language
pol (pl) Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology (SNoJiL/WFPiK/FoPaCP)
Discipline
literary studies / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.5 literary studies
Status
Finished
Defense Date
26-02-2015
Title date
26-02-2015
Supervisor
Edward Balcerzan Edward Balcerzan,, Wydział Filologii Polskiej i Klasycznej [nowa struktura organizacyjna] (SNoJiL/WFPiK)School of Languages and Literatures (SNoJiL)
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/12762 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
religious poetry, metaphysical poetry, postsecularism, contemporary poetry
Abstract in English
The aim of this dissertation is to distinguish and describe two types of poetry, namely, the religious and the metaphysical one. Due to the fact that both terms are not described in much detail in Polish literary studies, they are frequently used interchangeably. Therefore, this thesis embarks on distinguishing them on theoretical grounds and provides its own typology. Even though religious poetry is a variant of metaphysical poetry, this dissertation assumes that they constitute two different kinds of poetry. What is characteristic of religious poetry is the subject identified with homo religiosus i.e. the subject maintaining the relation with Sacrum. Not only is religious poetry characterized by the religious aspect, but also by profanation, desacralization, rebellion, uncertainty and doubt. The criterion of personal God is an important feature which distinguishes religious poetry from metaphysical one. This kind of poetry constitutes an answer to the eternal datum questionis – both in the philosophical sense: what being and the foundation of the world is about, and in the existential one: who I am, where I am going. By analyzing sacralization and desacralization in contemporary poetry, describing figures of God (especially the figure of the Father and of the Lord) and characterizing contemporary variants of metaphysics, this thesis provides the background for understanding religious and metaphysical changes both in the context of postsecularization and the crisis of metaphysics.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAM459708c1c34b461fb84667bbe61aa835/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAM459708c1c34b461fb84667bbe61aa835

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