Prasens a kondycja ludzka. Liryka jako laboratorium filozoficzne

Stanisław Czerniak


Pre-Sense and the Human Condition. Lyrical Poetry as a Philosophical Laboratory

The author analyses the prime factors of his lyrical poetry. In the formal sense, it is conceptual poetry created on the peripheries of philosophy, its subjects resorting to lyrical language in the quest for semantic variations of philosophical categories like God, self-knowledge or nothingness. Here, lyrical poetry resembles a philosophical research lab in which, like “raw diamonds”, these concepts are polished to bring out their many facets, and, in an act of poetic intuition, situated in a new (one may say “experimental”) semantic framework. Seen from another viewpoint, however, this poetry strives at a unique lyrical rendering of existentialism, where existence consists in the effort (undertaken in the language of lyrical poetry) to reconcile the order of experience and concept, the abstract and the concrete, the individual and the universal, and the subjective and objective. In this context the author refers to a phrase in one of his own poems – “to stroke nothingness to death” – as expressing this hidden philosophical yearning. In his conclusion the author points to the consistency of this interpretation with that of M.K. Siwiec, who sees his poetry as “late work” and regards the austerity of his expression not so much as another attempt at the metaphorical improvement of philosophical concepts, but as a pursuit of a unique “non-verbality,” or words in the creative phase of pre-existence.
Keywords: lyrical subject, God, nothingness, sensuality, reconcilement, late work, austere expression, anti-essentialism, the philosophical stone of poetry.

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