The study is concerned with the phenomenon or notion of latency and its potential use in the field of literary science, especially in the field of intertextuality. She proceeds in several steps. First she reports, comments on and speculates about the current research on latency in the field of German culture and arts. Then she reviews the subject of intertextuality – leading into the idea of latent intertextuality. As symptoms of such latent intertextuality she employs phenomena or notions such as moods and atmospheres in their classic phenomenological provenance as well as current aesthetic and literary-scientific analysis (G. Böhme, H. U. Gumbrecht). The interpretative arty focus of the study lies in the part from I. Blatný´s correspondence with M. Součková dealing with the relation between his poem Báseň v cizím bytě (Poem in someone else´s flat) and the writer´s prose Zakladatelé (Founders) and at the same time in both of the works of art commented by I. Blatný. In the year 1948, on the edge of two literary epochs, I. Blatný with great subtlety and sensitivity typical of a poet raises a question of latent intertextuality based just on literary atmospheres – beside traditional well-studied literary influences and dependences. The author in her study comes to a prospective question how to make use of the latent inspirations of the after-war 1950s when a complicated „abortion“ of time occurs in Czech literature and many stimuli of classic modern art or avant-garde are moved into the zone of latency, where they, however, begin to operate from the mid-1950s on again.