Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska

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Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, Maria


Born Nov. 20, 1893, in Kraków; died July 9, 1945, in Manchester. Polish poet. Daughter of the artist W. Kossak. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.

Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska’s poetry evolved from the vitalis-tic optimism of the collections Castles in the Air (1 922) and Pink Magic (1924) to the uneasy and catastrophic motifs of the collections Raw Silk (1932), A Ballet of Bindweeds (1935), and Poetic Sketchbook (1938). Her elegant and lyrical miniatures are characterized by precision of thought, restrained irony, and an aphoristic quality. Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska also wrote dramas and comedies. During World War II (1939–45) she lived in Great Britain, where she published The Rose and the Burning Forests (1940) and The Sacrificial Dove (1941), collections of poems permeated with a sad longing for her native land.


Poezje, vols. 1–2. Warsaw, 1958.
Wiersze, 2nd ed. Warsaw, 1971.
In Russian translation:
In the collection Pol’skaia poeziia, vol. 2. Moscow, 1963.


Sandauer, A. “Skłócona z historią.” In Poeci trzech pokoleń, 2nd ed. Warsaw, 1962.
Poezja. Warsaw, 1970, no. 7, pp. 9–41.


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