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'The Second Shore': The Poetry of Male and Female Political Prisoners in Postwar Poland

'The Second Shore': The Poetry of Male and Female Political Prisoners in Postwar Poland This essay explores a body of 340 poems created by political prisoners who were accused of and imprisoned for anti-state activity in late 1940s and 1950s Stalinist Poland. Evaluating prison poetry as a historical source, I understand the process of composing a poem as the result of a prisoner's need to document the world around her/himself, as a psychological activity that contained difficult prison experiences, as a negotiation of emotional and o en conflicting states, and as a social practice through which prison poets affected themselves and the people around them. Situated somewhere at the intersection of the personal and political, poetry became one of the most powerful sites of resistance. In addition to evaluating prison poetry as a historical source, this essay also explores gender differences and similarities in the body of 340 poems discussed here and in the social function of the prison poems. KEYWORDS: gender, political prisoners, poems, resistance, Stalinist Poland Introduction Nasze wizienne dni ponure i bez sloca, ... Jedyny przyjazny glos ssiada spoza ciany puka do nas jak los: na mier zostalem skazany! I jedno co sens dla nas ma, w co wierzy chcemy koniecznie, Our prison days grim and without sun, ... http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

'The Second Shore': The Poetry of Male and Female Political Prisoners in Postwar Poland

Aspasia , Volume 3 (1) – Mar 1, 2009

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Berghahn Books
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ISSN
1933-2882
eISSN
1933-2890
DOI
10.3167/asp.2009.030105
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Abstract

This essay explores a body of 340 poems created by political prisoners who were accused of and imprisoned for anti-state activity in late 1940s and 1950s Stalinist Poland. Evaluating prison poetry as a historical source, I understand the process of composing a poem as the result of a prisoner's need to document the world around her/himself, as a psychological activity that contained difficult prison experiences, as a negotiation of emotional and o en conflicting states, and as a social practice through which prison poets affected themselves and the people around them. Situated somewhere at the intersection of the personal and political, poetry became one of the most powerful sites of resistance. In addition to evaluating prison poetry as a historical source, this essay also explores gender differences and similarities in the body of 340 poems discussed here and in the social function of the prison poems. KEYWORDS: gender, political prisoners, poems, resistance, Stalinist Poland Introduction Nasze wizienne dni ponure i bez sloca, ... Jedyny przyjazny glos ssiada spoza ciany puka do nas jak los: na mier zostalem skazany! I jedno co sens dla nas ma, w co wierzy chcemy koniecznie, Our prison days grim and without sun, ...

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AspasiaBerghahn Books

Published: Mar 1, 2009

Keywords: gender; political prisoners; poems; resistance; Stalinist Poland

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