Wszystkich brat? Krzyżując Ody


The paper presents the interpretation of Aleksander Wat’s Odes, a poem comprising three parts and included in the Dark Trinket [Ciemne świecidło] (1968) collection, which is treated here as a kind of synthesis of Wat’s writings. The analysis focuses on the genological and intertextual relationships and its conclusions allow the formulation of two hypotheses referring to the writings of the author of Diary without Vowels: one regarding the fundamental significance that Franz Kafka’s works had on it and a major role animal motifs play in it. In the paper, both these hypotheses are treated as a pretext to return to the considerations of the religious identity of Wat later in his life.