Wacław Potocki

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Szreniawa - Potockis' coat of arms

Wacław Potocki (1621 - 1696) was a Polish Baroque poet.

Biography[change | change source]

Wacław Potocki was born in the village named Wola Łużańska near the town of Biecz in Southern Poland.[1] He was a member of noblemen family. They were Polish Brethren, Christians of the Minor Reformed Church.[2] He was married to Katarzyna Morsztyn. After all Polish Brethren were given order either to become Roman Catholic or to go out of Poland forever,[2] he changed his faith. Wacław Potocki died at Łużna in 1696. He was buried in Francuscan Church in Biecz.[3]

Works[change | change source]

Wacław Potocki wrote a lot. He is the author of Ogród fraszek (The Garden of Verses)[1] that consists of more than 2 000 short poems. Another book by Potocki, named Moralia is composed of more than 2 000 pieces, too.[1] This was based on Adagia by Erasmus of Rotterdam.[1] He wrote many poems, sometimes in ottava rima. His best known work is an epic poem Wojna chocimska (The War of Chocim).[1] It was compared by Claude Backvis, a Belgian scholar, to John Milton's Paradise Lost.[1] It narrates about the great battle against the Turks.[4] The battle was fought in 1621, when the poet was born. The poem was written fifty years after.[1] It is in heroic couplets. Lines of the poem consist of thirteen syllables with feminine rhymes.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Wacław Potocki - Biogram by Marta Pławna
  2. 2.0 2.1 Socinian Religious group.
  3. The official site of the town of Biecz.
  4. Poland

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