5/29 The Smallest Universality: Cyprian Norwid's Resizing of the Romantic Deed

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

On Tuesday, May 29, join CEERES for a presentation by Visiting Scholar Christian Zehnder, PhD.

The Smallest Universality: Cyprian Norwid's Resizing of the Romantic Deed

Cyrpian Norwid was a nationally esteemed Polish poet, dramatist, painter, and sculptor. He was born in the Masovian village of Laskowo-Głuchy near Warsaw. Norwid is regarded as one of the second generation of romantics. He wrote many well-known poems including Fortepian Szopena ("Chopin's Piano"), Moja piosnka [II] ("My Song [II]") and Bema pamięci żałobny-rapsod (A Funeral Rhapsody in Memory of General Bem). Norwid led a tragic and often poverty-stricken life (once he had to live in a cemetery crypt). 

Norwid's original and non-conformist style was not appreciated in his lifetime, but was rediscovered and appreciated during the Young Poland art period of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He is now considered one of the four most important Polish Romantic poets.