This book by the great Polish musicologist Bohdan Pociej covers three main areas, considered in relation to Chopin’s life and work: I – historical and political reality, II – patriotism and its various interpretations, III – Chopin’s sense of Polishness. The author explores the ways in which Polishness is manifested in the work of Chopin and in the output of the great Polish Romantic poets. Those two artistic domains, both deeply marked with Polishness, are viewed in parallel, in a kind of counterpoint. The selected texts exemplify an art of writing that is permeated by the spirit of Polishness. Introduction and afterword by Ewa Sławińska-Dahlig.