Critics often called Jacek Dehnel's (born 1980) verse 'classical' or 'neoclassical'. For some commentators his disciplined writing is itself sufficient for treating him as a poet indebted to the traditions of classicism and the Enlightenment. This type of reasoning seems to be based on the assumption that form is in a way independent of the poetic content. This article treats the choice of genre conventions as something secondary, or as a consequence of a philosophical approach born out of the aesthetic of 'je ne sais quoi'. In that perspective - inspired by the opinions of Ryszard Przybylski and Czeslaw Milosz - no artist can claim the distinction of a classic unless he has experienced the horrors of the twentieth century and, as a result, has both accepted the limitations of language, perception and his own consciousness, and enriched his own subjectivity with a sense of things that must remain unknown and inexplicable. The choice of poetic form is then a natural consequence of his formative experience
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