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The feeling of “shame abandonment” by the subject in the poem Wstyd from the
volume Rovigo has got a psychological motivation, is an emotion, but its further connotations
take on the existential dimension; they concern interpersonal and cultural relations.
There is a clear aim in the author’s considerations on shame. It seems to be his
willingness to have a close insight into a human being, find out about his/her attitude to
values in the contemporary world in which the phenomena of bashfulness and shamlessness
are a complex and ambiguous problem. Herbert’s way of thinking about a human
body is a kind of orientation tool, an attentive instrument registering sensual emotions
for the existing internal “I”. The lack of respect for body equals disregard for the human
being and his/her internal value.