TO PROFESSOR HENRYK MARKIEWICZ, ESQ.: A RESPONSE (Panu Profeorowi Henrykowi Markiewiczowi - w odpowiedzi)
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The author's text takes on the game proposed by Prof. Henryk Markiewicz by asking 'Traktat moralny' (The Moral Treatise), the poem by Czeslaw Milosz, some apparently simple and naive questions. Hence, he refers to the speaking 'I' created by the poet as to a 'Commentator' and point out that he is a dual figure as he combines a fine uprightness with hidden erudition and excessive pedantry. The author does not think that several moments being unclear, contradictory or incoherent, so aptly indicated by Professor Markiewicz, can possibly be fully explained, as they reflect the poet's moral and world-view quandaries the poet had at that time as much as they indirectly testify to the author's playing a game with the censorship. His intent was to remind that it is completely impossible to read Milosz's piece literally, whilst taking the historical context for its interpretation becomes increasingly indispensable - especially that this context is becoming less and less comprehensible to younger generations of readers.
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