A b s t r a c t
The paper attempts at interpreting the famous poem Wiersz (Trackless) by Andrzej Sosnowski based on some theses of language philosophers (Fregge, Searle, Russel). The notions of a trace and trope extracted from the poem serve as the basis for interpteting the phenomenon of mise en abyme (which, as is suggested, has a trope-like structure). Issues such as a trope, trace, mise en abyme, language philosophy, are problematized according to the category of description, which is understood as: 1. The basic way of framing “lack” and “loss”, key terms in Sosnowski’s poetry; 2. A key element of an autothematic poem which – according to Jonathan Culler – consists of the described and describing layers; 3. Fundamental way of cognition, especially in the face of ambiguities related to the category of a name supposed by language philosophy.