Internal Exile in a Free Society? New Poetry in Poland in the 1980s and Early 1990s

  • Donald P. A. Pirie
Part of the Studies in Russia and East Europe book series (SREE)

Abstract

Poetry has emerged into post-totalitarian Poland with its honour intact: it has preserved national values, memories and aspirations, but its role as chronicler of national consciousness is redundant, and it is already an early victim of shifts in readers’ taste. This is not, as observed by the critic Tadeusz Komendant, merely the sorry result of being exposed to ‘market forces’. The honourable commitment to the salvation of Polish society was very worthy, but it turns out that much artistic freedom (poetic licence?) was squandered as a result of writing a ‘poetry of conviction’. Unless the younger generation appears in the 1990s to break loose from the assumptions of the last half century, then poetry — the record of emotion and the inner life — may not survive:

Until recently, two views of culture coexisted: for some culture was the nation’s conscience, for others it was merely a flower that adorned a buttonhole on a suit. These were concepts in opposition to one another, but as is so often the case, they were in fact heavily dependent on each other.

Keywords

Dust Foam Income Baran Encapsulation 

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