The article discusses some of the functional aspects of haiku in Polish literature and in Polish critical awareness. The authoress delineates most important determinants of this literary form, paying special attention to the problems connected with visualizations (uses here cognitive categories and refers to Ezra Pound's imagism). She questions the stereotypes of haiku perception that function in Polish; she distinguishes between three large groups of Polish texts inspired by oriental genre: 'polemical haiku', 'genre-oriented haiku', and 'quasi-haiku'. The perspective of picture schemata allows for a detailed description and a comparison of two utmost different forms of haiku in Polish literature - the last Stanislaw Grochowiak's Haiku images collection, and Dariusz 'Brzóska' Brzoskiewicz's ones (volume Haiku or Haiku 'Brzóski' published in 'Przekrój').
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