Published: 2020-12-011

The Birch Tree Motif in the Works of Juliusz Słowacki

Bożena Adamkowicz-Iglińska
Prace Literaturoznawcze
Section: Interpretations


This article is devoted to the motif of birch trees in the works of Juliusz Słowacki. It presents the importance of trees in the poet’s writing. It draws attention to the relationship between the birch and the image of the grave, death and crying. It shows the musical qualities of birch trees. In Słowacki’s works they are metamorphosing into “God’s harps.” Another important issue considered is speaking nature. Birds, associated with the birch, are viewed as an important element of the landscape. The poet’s writing is dominated by the motif of nightingales singing on birch trees. The birch is linked primarily to the space of the cemetery and that of the forest.


Juliusz Słowacki, Ukraine, birch, trees, grave, tears

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Adamkowicz-Iglińska, B. (2020). The Birch Tree Motif in the Works of Juliusz Słowacki. Prace Literaturoznawcze, (8), 33–44.

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