- Juliusz Słowacki
Juliusz Słowacki (
4 September 1809in Kremenets, Volhynia, Russian Empirenow in Ukraine– 3 April 1849in Paris) was a noted Polish Romantic poet, considered to be one of the " Three Bards" of Polish literature. It is characteristic for his writing to present mysticismand many connections to orientand tradition of Slavic paganantenats of Poles.
Life and work
Influenced largely by
Byronand Shakespeare, Słowacki's early work was often historical in nature, combining exotic locales (as in "Arab") and tragedy(as in "Maria Stuart"). His work took on a more nationalist tone following the failed November Insurrectionof 1830 - 1831. Like many of his countrymen, he decided to emigrate to Franceas a political refugee. Ironically, the first collections of poems he produced in France were unpopular in his native Poland, as they failed to capture the sentiment of the people living under Russian occupation. It was the French authorities which deemed them too nationalist; following a trip to Genevain 1832, he was denied the right to return to France as part of a larger program to rid the country of the potentially subversive Polish exiles who had settled there. A third volume of his works, produced in Geneva, was far more nationalist in tone, and he began to win recognition in his homeland.
In 1836, Słowacki embarked on a journey throughout
Italy, Greece, Egyptand Palestine, which he described in his epic poem "Podróż do Ziemi Świętej z Neapolu". In 1844, he wrote "Genezis z Ducha", an exposition of his philosophical ideas (called genesic idea) according to which the material world is an expression of an ever-improving spirit capable of progression into constantly newer forms.
It was at this time that he attached himself to a group of likeminded young exiles, determined to return to Poland and win its independence. The group travelled to
Poznań, then under Prussian control. He participated in the Wielkopolska Uprising of 1848, addressing the National Assembly (Komitet Narodowy w Poznaniu) on April 27. "I tell you," he declared as the rebels faced military confrontation with the Prussian Army, "that the new age has dawned, the age of holy anarchy." By May 9the revolt was crushed.
Arrested by the Prussian police, Słowackiwas sent back to Paris. On his way there, he passed through Breslau, where he was reunited with his mother, whom he had not seen for almost twenty years. He died in Paris the following year, and was buried in the
Montmartre. In 1927, some eight years after Poland regained her independence, the Polish government requested that Słowacki's remains be moved to Wawelcastle in Krakow. He was reinterred near his old rival, Adam Mickiewicz.
Long after his death, Słowacki acquired the reputation of national prophet. His poem "Papież Słowiański" ("The Slavic Pope"), published in 1848, was believed to foretell the ascension, in 1978, of
John Paul IIto the throne of St. Peter.
* "Maria Stuart"
Kordian" (1834, performed 1899)
Balladyna" (1835, published 1839, performed 1862
Horsztyński" (1835, published 1866)
* "Mazepa" (1840, performed in Hungarian 1847, performed in Polish 1851)
Lilla Weneda" (1840, performed 1863)
Fantazy" (1841, published 1866, performed 1867)
Sen srebny Salomei" ("The Silver Dream of Salomea", 1844, performed 1900)
Książę Niezłomny" (1844, performed 1874)
* "Samuel Zborowski" (1845, published 1903, performed 1911)
*"W Szwajcarii" ("In Switzerland", 1839)
*"Król-Duch" ("The Spirit King", published partially in 1847 & in full in 1925)
*"Podróż do ziemi świętej" ("Voyage to the Holy Land", 1866)
* History of philosophy in Poland
* [http://hektor.umcs.lublin.pl/~mikosmul/slowacki/index2.html Slowacki´s biography]
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