Down pat 100 quotations from Polish poetry and drama which even a foreigner should know
The book is addressed to young people and can be used as a language and literature handbook. It is said that to truly know a foreign language is to know its resource of lexicalized phrases and to use it without hindrance, on a random basis. The aim of the Lexicon is to help foreigners develop their linguistic and cultural competence in the field of Polish language and culture. The entries were collected on the basis of research published so far concerning quotations and winged words, as well as a survey conducted among humanists, active philologists teaching Polish language, literature and culture as native and foreign. The results of the survey allowed to verify the knowledge accumulated in the texts with the certified “life” of quotations.
The excerpts from various periods of Polish literature are collected here and concern a wide range of its thematic areas. In general, they can be divided into the following categories: classical poetry, poetry and drama until the beginning of the 20th century, contemporary poetry, patriotic and religious songs. However, in the descriptions of individual entries, the authors do not note these categories. Each quotation is described according to a fixed structure. Readers will find here information about a literary fragment (its source), about the author of a quotation and his works, references, that is a reference to the functioning of a quotation in various texts of culture – in other poems, films, often in songs, or advertising slogans. The “It is worth knowing” section usually contains literary terms, but they are often explanations of the historical or political context. The authors of the entries also used excerpts from the publications of Polish researchers concerning a specific quotation, work or life of an artist. Each entry also includes a bibliography, which can be a source of further research for people interested in the topic. The indexes at the end of the publication are an element that organizes the entries and helps to search for quotations, their sources and authors’ names.