Life And Death That Polish Literature

1986 WordsFeb 9, 20158 Pages
Writing thrives as a favorable way of expressing one’s ideas and beliefs. Sharing one’s thoughts on paper has always been part of the role of being a writer; it serves a purpose of writing a reflection of one’s personal thoughts and opinions. From the Medieval era to the Renaissance era, Poland is remarked as a period of change. Poland was expanding as a country and many political events were occurring. During this span of time, Polish literature signifies various changes in its themes, beliefs and language all constituted with a purpose. The theme of life and death overpowers Polish literature written during these two eras. Two pieces that demonstrate an experience of death and how the author’s worldview comes through the text are Jan…show more content…
The piece that demonstrates a wide scope of his worldview is Laments. Jan Kochanowski expresses his despair and emotions after the loss of his child in the form of treny. Treny are an older style of writing that praise the life and accomplishments of those who passed, especially well-known figures. Kochanowski’s Laments can be distinguished from the typical treny for the sole reason that the subject is a child instead of a famous or intellectual individual. However, the main character in Laments is Kochanowski himself. He plays the role of a grieving father and author who struggles to find the value and trust in any philosophy, religion and life itself after his daughter’s death disrupted his reality. In the article “Why We Write About Grief,” Oates explains that “Grief is the most humane of emotions but it is a one-sided emotion; it is not reciprocated.” This is exactly what makes Laments credible for the Kochanowski’s worldview through death. He experienced it himself as a parent; one cannot simply understand how it feels to lose a child. It is not a typical telling of a story about death; it is the dark emotions of a mourning father. Throughout the Laments, Kochanowski intertwines the theme of searching ways to relieve pain and his bitter reflection on death. Specifically, he expresses a rebellion against death. From
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