The "Mystic Garden" in the poetry of Jan Twardowski
This article focuses on two topics: stylistic devices and the concept of a mystic garden in Jan Twardowski’s poetry.
1. Stylistic devices in Jan Twardowski’s poetry. The aim of this topic is to emphasize the extraordinary abundance of stylistic devices of Twardowski’s poetical language. This type of style has its literary sources in Polish Baroque poetry. Thus, Twardowski’s poetical expression has an extremly decorative character. However, in several poems the poet himself actually expresses an intention to attain a more transparent and sober language.
2. The concept of a mystic garden. The article contains a brief study of the concept of 'garden' in Jan Twardowski’s verse. Gardens in this poetry are both literally earthly, worldly gardens – and allegorical, sacred. Both are reflections of biblical gardens: the Garden of Eden, the love garden in Song of Solomon, the eschatological garden of the Apocalypse. Biblical texts are often a source of inspiration for Twardowski’s poetic creativity.
The figure of garden represents a typical metaphorical subject in Twardowski’s verse. The opposition between the earthly, profane – and the heavenly, sacred, is reduced in this poetry. These notions constitute two aspects of reality, accepted as such. And reality accepted in all its aspects is the very essence of Twardowski’s poetical message.
Stockholms Universitet, Slaviska Institutionen , 2005. s.71-82, hela boken 156 p.