Juliusz Slovacki was one of the foremost Polish romantic poets. He was a revolutionist, and he joined the Polish expatriates in Paris.
Slowacki was extremely conscious of the great literary traditions, and his works show the influence of other authors. His poetic tragedies deal with the conflict of good and evil, particularly in Polish history, and are reminiscent of the works of Shakespeare. Slowacki's Balladina (1834) and Lilla Weneda (1839) were drawn from early legends. His Horsztynski (1840) is known as the Polish Hamlet. King Spirit (1847), a philosophic poem influenced by Dante's Divine Comedy, reveals his later mystical tendencies and exemplifies his stylistic virtuosity.... more »
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Juliusz Slowacki Poems
Pan Beniowski - Final Part Of Canto Five
Surging like a vast current of salmon or sheatfish, Coiling up and down like an iron serpent That rears now its torso, now its head, The armed horsemen breast the prairie grass. --
Anhelli - Chapter 1
Exiles came to the land of Siberia, and having chosen a broad site they built a wooden house that they might dwell together in concord and
Anhelli - Chapter 9
And when the Shaman was about to go forth with Anhelli under the stars, having comforted some of the prisoners, he heard a great clanking in one of the corridors.
Anhelli - Chapter 6
When the Shaman had calmed the weeping of Anhelli, he left the fishermen and set out into the wilderness. And the moon was still high when they came to the hut of an aged man,
Anhelli - Chapter 3
And lo, once on a time at night the Shaman waked Anhelli, saying to him : 'Sleep not, but come with me, for there are mighty matters in the wilderness.'
Anhelli - Chapter 10
And lo, those exiles in the snowy tabernacle, in the absence of the Shaman, had begun to quarrel among themselves, and had divided into three groups ; but each of these groups thought of the deliverance of the fatherland.
Anhelli - Chapter 8
And passing further they beheld many men pale and tortured, whose names are known in the fatherland. And they came to a subterranean lake,
Anhelli - Chapter 7
And the Shaman said : 'Lo, now we shall show no more miracles, nor the power of God that is in us, but we shall weep, for we have come unto people who see not the sun.
Anhelli - Chapter 2
The Shaman, when he had searched in the hearts of that multitude of exiles, said to himself: 'Verily, I have not found here what I sought; lo, their hearts are weak and they give themselves over to be conquered by grief.
Anhelli - Chapter 11
And when they drew near to the burial ground Anhelli heard the hymn of the tombs, complaining, as it were a complaint of the ashes to God. But as soon as the groans arose,
Anhelli - Chapter 5
And so the Shaman and Anhelli made their pilgrimage through the sorrowful country and over the desolate roads and under the roaring forests of Siberia, meeting men who suffered, and comforting them.
Anhelli - Chapter 4
And the Shaman passed with Anhelli over the desert ways of Siberia, where stood prisons. And they beheld the countenances of some prisoners through the gratings,
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Pan Beniowski - Final Part Of Canto Five
Surging like a vast current of salmon or sheatfish,
Coiling up and down like an iron serpent
That rears now its torso, now its head,
The armed horsemen breast the prairie grass. --
But hold! my song's device breaks down:
My Muse begs a rest, having drained her cup
Empty of sweet nectar; and so, farewell
To you, on that steppeland rise,
My pair of golden, sun-drenched statues!
My iron ranks wallowing in the grass and herbage!
One needs here the yearning of a Malczewski--
The kind found in men who are half angels.
One ought to sing here; ...