limerick; privacy; strategies of introducing privacy to literature
Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
M. Kita, M. Ślawska (red.), "Transdyscyplinarność badań nad komunikacją medialną. T. 2, Osobiste - prywatne - intymne w przestrzeni publicznej" (S. 135-155). Katowice : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego.
The present text discusses limerics in six stages, starting from general issues: For a good
start. (Rhythm is the poem's soul; and Falsestart, on an unsuccessful paralimerick written on
the occasion of Wisława Szymborska being awarded the Nobel Prize; Towards maturity, on
author's own limericks that were honoured to be published; Culmination, on longer poems
(e.g. a laudation on a shiraz wine strain) in which limericks constitute a stanza, not to mention
the endings (A Lament for Agnieszka in the second one).
A publication, even in a very limited circulation, addressed at selected readers, means
resignation from intimacy, privacy and what is most personal, from closeness concerning
knowledge about the thought origins, and what the author really feels. Resignation
from this privacy may sometimes be premeditated, and derives from hope for being promoted
in the hierarchy of authors. However, this is not certain even among those specially
sophisticated authors. Would we publish anything if we did not hope that the texts survive a few moments longer than we? In accordance with our abilities and willingness, we
build a small monument…