The work of Boleslaw Lesmian is, in many people's opinion, the greatest achievement in the Polish verbal arts.
He was nurtured on Symbolism and was fascinated by fantasy and the folk tales of many cultures. Lesmian preached ideas close to the tenets of the 20th-century Avant-Garde, about the idiosyncrasy of the language of poetry, which should differ from colloquial speech. He could select archaic and dialect words in such a way as to make them sound like the neologisms he coined, and that is why the expressions characteristic of his poetry are called Lesmianisms. One of the unique qualities of his verse is its integral mixture of pensiveness and humour, seriousness and laughter.
Professor Jarosław Marek Rymkiewicz (b. 1935), poet and essayist, historian of literature, translator, and dramatist. His work is founded on a belief in the unity and continuity of art and culture, and of the co-existence of ancient and modern works.
- Jarosław Marek Rymkiewicz
Leśmian. An Encyclopaedia / Leśmian. Encyklopedia
Wydawnictwo Sic!, Warszawa 2001
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135 x 205, 448 pages, hardcover