Krystian Słomka vel Słomiński Słomka vel Słomiński, Metafora i jej rola w portretowaniu postaci w Źwierzyńcu Mikołaja Reja

(Metaphor and its role in characters’ portraying in "Źwierzyniec" by Mikołaj Rej)

Year of publication: 2017
Page range: 19 (21-39)
Keywords: Mikołaj Rej, metaphor, comparison, epigram, coat of arms, praise

Author: Krystian Słomka vel Słomiński (University of Łódź)


The study is dedicated to the image creation of the characters in “Źwierzyniec” (“Bestiary”) by Mikołaj Rej (1505–1569), based on the metaphors. This article focuses on determining the role of metaphors in portraying representatives of the nobility environment in “Rozdział wtóry” (The second chapter) of “Źwierzyniec”. The analysis is made for the selected epigrams where Rej used metaphors based on pronunciation of the surnames of the characters, comparison of their appearances with traits of character, heraldic charges, family lines or associations with heroes immortalised in culture. As determined, metaphors and similes serve mainly to emphasise and enhance positive traits of the characters. Theeir form adds attractiveness to the text and makes it easier for the reader to draw morals more effectively, as well.

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