Polish Romanticism Influences - Essay


(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Wacław Lednicki (essay date 1956)

SOURCE: "Goethe and the Russian and Polish Romantics," in Bits of Table Talk on Pushkin, Mickiewicz, Goethe, Turgenev, and Sienkiewicz, Martinus Nijhoff, 1956, pp. 198-219.

[In the following excerpt, Lednicki explores the influence of Goethe on Mickiewicz and Krasiński, focusing on the reasons why Goethe's ideology was ultimately rejected by the Polish Romantics.]

There exists in both Russia and Poland a rich literature on Goethe including innumerable special monographs and translations of Werther, the lyrics, Wilhelm Meister, and especially Faust. I may say without exaggeration that in...

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