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2007 | 48 | 2(282) | 241-252
Article title

GOD AS A CHARACTER IN IGNACY KRASICKI'S ANIMAL FABLES

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Abstracts
EN
In the poems of Ignacy Krasicki God hardly makes a conspicuous presence. Yet in spite of his natural aversion to lofty moralizing, his miniature fables in verse do contain some important reflections about God. Most importantly, He has not turned his back on creation, but continues to intervene in the human world. God never tires of opening men's eyes to their imperfections and vices, exposing their presumptuous judgement, punishing them for their excessive pride and greed for possessions or knowledge. Concealed in the character of Jove, and thus freed from the Christian stereotype, Krasicki's God seems to exemplify the Pythagorean maxim about the predetermined, limited nature of human cognition. Yet man is not utterly helpless. He can still depend on practical reason, his single instrument of perception, to shield him from ridicule and destruction. God's classical garb enables Krasicki to distance himself from the Christian concept of mercy or a worldview founded on sentiment and at the same time to adopt the protective masks of the animal fable and break free from the constraints of the traditional stereotypes.
Year
Volume
48
Issue
Pages
241-252
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Document type
ARTICLE
Contributors
  • D. Samborska-Kukuc, Uniwersytet Lódzki, Katedra Literatury Polskiej Oswiecenia, Pozytywizmu i Mlodej Polski, ul. T. Kosciuszki 65, 90-514 Lódz, Poland
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07PLAAAA03166527
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