According to Cyprian K. Norwid poetry should not be primarily an expression of emotions and moods, but should concern social, moral, or historical issues. The ideas that Norwid expressed in his works, often breaking literary and linguistic conventions, are still valid. His critique of contemporary European culture and Polish society is also important and his ideals of patriotism and Christianity are still valid. Faith should be rational and open, ecumenical. Patriotism is not only the memory of tradition, but a creative undertaking which aims at the moral transformation and liberation of the nation. Social life requires a serious attitude, responsibility, and conscience. Norwid’s world is seen as an organic whole, which combines faith and reason, ordinary life and the nurture of values, love and struggle, the sublime and the ordinary.