Marek Jakimowski; literatura wieku dziewiętnastego
Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
M. Jarczykowa, A. Sitkowa (red.), "Sarmackie theatrum. T. 6, Między tekstami" (S.192-212 ). Katowice : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
The text concerns a literary career of a person of Marek Jakimowski, a nobleman from Podole,
who after the battle of Cecora (1620), was in the Turkish captivity and forced to work. He managed
to free himself, attacking the Turkish ship with his co‑prisoners.
His heroic action was popularised
in the form of the occasional print, first in the Italian language, and then in a Polish translation:
Opisanie krótkie zdobycia galery za sprawą Marka Jakimowskiego (1628). Jakimowski’s fate,
known exclusively from Opisanie krótkie…, became an inspiration for several 19th — century writers:
Konstanty Majeranowski, Aleksander Groza and Hipolit Świejkowski. The very authors noticed
the attractiveness of the very topic from before two centuries to express the present problems connected
with a post‑partitional
political situation of Poland, in line with literary conventions at that
time. Accordingly, Jakimowski, in Majeranowski’s work became a sentimental knight, in Groza’s
poem a Romantic fighter for freedom while in a rhymed realization of an emigrant writer, i.e.
Świejkowski, he personalizes the myth of an old chivalrous Poland.