Leśmian, Bolesław


Leśmian, Bolesław

▪ Polish poet
original name  Bolesław Lesman  
born January 12, 1877 or 1878, Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire [now in Poland]
died November 5, 1937, Warsaw

      lyric poet who was among the first to adapt Symbolism (Symbolist movement) and Expressionism to Polish verse.

      Born into a Jewish family, Leśmian was educated in Kiev, Ukraine, where he studied law. He spent several years in France. During most of his later life he functioned as a minor public official in provincial Polish towns. Among his few works are Sad rozstajny (1912; “Orchard”); Łąka (1920; “The Meadow”), the volume that established his reputation; Napój cienisty (1936; “The Shadowy Drink”); and Dziejba leśna (1938; “Woodland Tale”). Leśmian published little and met with limited recognition. Nonetheless, he was elected a member of the Polish Academy of Literature in 1933.

      Influenced by the Young Poland movement's poetry, Leśmian soon developed an original style, combining elements of the fantastic with folklore, the grotesque with realistic observations, and the symbolic with the visionary. A volume of his poems appeared in English translation as Mythematics and Extropy: Selected Poems of Boleslaw Leśmian (1984).

Jerzy R. Krzyzanowski

Additional Reading
Rochelle Heller Stone, Bolesław Leśmian: The Poet and His Poetry (1976), is a valuable analytical study.

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