Vade-mecum and the poeticization of epistolography

  • Arent van Nieukerken University of Amsterdam
Keywords: Vade-mecum, dialogue, key words, letters, addressee, poem


This article attempts to highlight relationships between poems from the collection Vade-mecum and Norwid’s epistolography. These ties manifest not only on the genetic level, but also in terms of themes as well as stylistic and lexical elements (including key words), primarily with regard to the use of communication structures. What draws attention in these poems is the use of dialogue and the incorporation of colloquial and epistolographic phrases.In his letters, on the other hand, the poet displays a predilection for saturating certain passages with formulas and expressions of distinctly poetic character.


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