“Dawning masterfully recast as morning” – creating the world. Around the poem Early Hour by Wisława Szymborska

Wojciech Ligęza

(Uniwersytet Jagielloński)
E-mail: wligeza[at]wp.pl
ORCID: 0000-0003-0881-5282
DOI: 10.31261/FLPI.2022.04.13
„Fabrica Litterarum Polono-Italica” 2022, nr 1

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This reading is projected against the background of Szymborska’s distinctive themes and philosophical assumptions, such as the fascination with the wonder of existence, reflection on the limits of human cognition, poetic games serving the creation of the world, or the complicated relations between what is real and what is imagined. In the interpretation of the poem Early Hour, the most important themes of considerations include the relationship between perception and overlooking, showing the metamorphoses of night and day, which allow us to understand the idea of renewing existence, an artistic approach to objects extracted from the darkness, using the painterly gaze, and a reference to the “Book of Genesis” in the intimate creation of the world – measure up to human imagination. Wisława Szymborska adopts an analytical and autocritical approach in her study of the morning.