Published: 2018-12-301

Some Remarks on the Poem Wspomnienie [Remembrance] by Teofil Lenartowicz

Grzegorz Supady


In the poem Wspomnienie [Remembrance], Teofil Lenartowicz, one of the forgotten Polish poets
of the 19th century, describes his audience with Pope Pius IX in 1853. Lenartowicz and his friend,
Rev. Hipolit Terlecki, asked the pope to support the aspirations of the Poles to reclaim independence
for their occupied country. Pius IX declined to support the Polish aspirations, and Lenartowicz describes
his disappointment at the indifference displayed by the pope. The poem is examined in the context
of another audience at which Adam Mickiewicz, a distinguished Polish author, was received by the same
pope as well as in the context of the Kulturkampf – the conflict between the German government
and Roman Catholics in East Prussia.


audience, poetry, Poland, pope, Rome

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Supady, G. (2018). Some Remarks on the Poem Wspomnienie [Remembrance] by Teofil Lenartowicz. Prace Literaturoznawcze, (6). Retrieved from

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