Distinctive and striking motif of suicide is present in contemporary Polish poetry in two ways, either
as a discussion of or an announcement of one’s own suicide, or as a reflexion, that is, lyrical interpretation
of the suicide of others. On the basis of the existentialist treatment of suicide as an authentic act, the
article aims to analyse similarities and differences of poetic presentation of the aforementioned types of
suicide — one’s own suicide, which always remains just an idea or a possibility, and other people’s suicide, which becomes an object of post festum lyrical interpretation.