Szymonowicz, Szymon

Szymonowicz, Szymon


(also Szymonowic; in Latin, Simonedes). Born Oct. 24, 1558, in Lwow; died May 5, 1629, in Czarnięcin, near Zamość. Polish poet.

Szymonowicz studied at the Kraków Academy (the University of Kraków). His works, which are in Polish and Latin, include panegyrics, dramas, odes, hymns, and epithalamiums. His cycle Eclogues (Sielanki; 1614, reprinted 1626, written in the form of a dialogue), imitated classical models to a certain extent; however, they are filled with references to everyday Polish life and reveal the influence of local oral folk poetry. In the idyll The Reapers, which A. Mickiewicz considered typically Polish and highly truthful, Szymonowicz portrayed the burden of forced peasant labor.


Sielanki i pozostale wiersze polskie. Wroclaw-Warsaw-Kraków, 1964.


Szymon Szymonowicz i jego czasy: Rozprawy i studja. Zamość, 1929.