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Title: Archaeology as the pre-text for poetry. The loneliness of ancient deities or on the other side of a showcase

Creator:

Baranowska, Małgorzata ; Baranowski, Tadeusz

Date issued/created:

2006

Resource Type:

Article

Subtitle:

Archaeologia Polona Vol. 44 (2006)

Publisher:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences

Place of publishing:

Warszawa

Description:

24 cm

Abstract:

The authors have selected four Polish poets: Cyprian Norwid, Zbigniew Herbert, Wisława Szymborska and Jacek Kaczmarski to illustrate ontological and epistemological problems, as well as the principles of ethics that link archaeology and poetry. Zbigniew Herbert wondered what happens with things separated from their context. He did it to ask the question: does an archaeologist have any commitment to former generations? Cyprian Norwid's criticism of the approach to archaeological material was very modern in that he asked why interpretation did not aim at reaching a synthesis. Thus he posed the essential question: "What for the research?". Not everything can be measured and counted. Separating things from their spiritual aspect threatens humanity. The archaeologist is a guardian of the Mystery. Just as poetry interprets the present, so archaeology interprets the past. That symbol of humanity, Pompeii, drives the imagination because it has captured a moment, petrifying a vision of a world now lost. Both Szymborska's and Kaczmarski's poems preserve the spiritual aspect of human life. An archaeologist interpreting the "language" spoken by artefacts discovered in the ground is inferior to the poet, because poetry naturally reflects the spiritual side of our life. Poets ask questions about deeper issues in archaeological research, while archaeologists often concen-trate on just the findings

References:

Alexandrowicz, M. 1949 . Norwidowska wizja antycznej Pompei. Meander 7: 305—18 ; Herbert Z. 1974. Pan Cogito. Warszawa ; Kaczmarski, J. 1998. A śpiewak także był sam. Warszawa ; Królikiewicz, G. 1993. Terytorium ruin. Ruina jako obraz i temat romantyczny. Kraków ; Lech, J. 1995. Social functions of archaeology in the 20th century. In Whither archaeology? Papers in honour of Evžen Neustupný, M. Kuna and N. Venclova (eds), 93—6. Praha ; Melbechowska-Luty A. 2001. Sztukmistrz. Twórczość artystyczna i myśl o sztuce Cypriana Norwida. Warszawa ; Norwid, C. 1971. Pisma wszystkie, zebrał, tekst ustalił, wstępem i uwagami krytycznymi opatrzył J.W. Gomu-licki. Warszawa ; Norwid, C. 1971a. Epimenides. Przypowieść. In Norwid C.K., Pisma wszystkie, zebrał, tekst ustalił, wstępem i uwagami krytycznymi opatrzył J.W. Gomulicki, vol. 3, Poematy. Warszawa, 55—67 ; Norwid, C. 1971b. Pompeja. In Norwid C.K., Pisma wszystkie, zebrał, tekst ustalił, wstępem i uwagami krytycznymi opatrzył J.W. Gomulicki, vol. 3, Poematy. Warszawa, 17—25 ; Norwid, C. 1971c. Rzecz o wolności słowa. 1869. In Norwid C.K., Pisma wszystkie, zebrał, tekst ustalił, wstępem i uwagami krytycznymi opatrzył J.W. Gomulicki, vol. 3, Poematy. Warszawa, 557—623 ; Szymborska, W. 1967. Sto pociech. Warszawa ; Szymborska, W. 1972. Wszelki wypadek. Warszawa ; Szymborska, W. 1986. Ludzie na moście. Warszawa ; Szymborska, W. 1997. Nic dwa razy. Wybór wierszy. Nothing Twice. Selected Poems, selected and translated by S. Barańczak and C. Cavanagh. Kraków ; Sliwa, J. 1998. Cyprian Kamil Norwid a dziedzictwo starożytnego Egiptu. Kwartalnik Historii Kultury Materialnej, 46 (1-2): 181-8 ; Zalewska, A. 2005. Teoria źródła archeologicznego i historycznego we współczesnej refleksji metodologicznej, Lublin

Relation:

Archaeologia Polona

Volume:

44

Start page:

255

End page:

263

Format:

application/octet-stream

Resource Identifier:

0066-5924

Source:

IAiE PAN, call no. P 357 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P 358 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P 356 ; click here to follow the link

Language:

eng

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. May be used within the limits of statutory user freedoms

Digitizing institution:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Library of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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