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2008 | 6 | 2-3(20) | 509-526
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This essay, devoted to Boleslaw Lesmian's literary work, begins with the deliberations about the relationship between literature and philosophy. In case of the poet like Lesmian, this is an important and significant introduction. Firstly, as the author of the essay states, each piece of literary work is at the same time philosophical, as it always answers basic philosophical questions in its deepest meaning. From Lesmian's works, much deeper contents emerge. For that reason, he is widely referred to as the most philosophical Polish poet. His works contain elements that constitute a unique and very coherent concept of the world, also presented in his journalistic texts. Although Lesmian's detailed worldview does not contain any features of an 'official' and straightforward philosophical system, it is clear enough to be referred to as 'Lesmian's philosophy'. By referring to selected poems and essays, the author of this draft analyzes the most essential aspects of Lesmian's literary output in the context of his philosophical views. Metaphysical relations between a human being and the reality, the concept of a 'primitive man', relations between Lesmian's poetry and Bergson's views and 'the philosophy of life', the question of intuition, sensual love and death and the construction of Lesmian's worlds and the beyond, are only a few of all issues raised in the essay. A special character of poet's views is underlined also by the fact that they frequently exceeded the limits of his works, to have a genuine expression in his life. This is why the author does not omit biographical aspects but presents an exceptionally talented poet as a flesh-and-blood person, who apart from many eccentricities, weaknesses, fears and fascinations, succumbed confidently to his own vision of the world.
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  • Piotr Marciszuk, for postal address contact the journal editor
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