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This thesis examines how Zygmunt Krasinski challenges the understanding of the Polish Romantic prophet-poet in his 1833 drama Nie-boska komedia. The four-act play demonstrates the possible failure of the poet who attempts to lead the nation with his words amidst a revolution between aristocracy and the masses. I analyze the ways in which Krasinski's poet learns that poetry can be deceptive and lead him astray, ultimately making him ineffective in both word and deed. Throughout my analysis, I argue that Krasinski employs an identifiable Romantic literary form in order to challenge the Romantic notion that lofty Romantic ideas about Poetry (i.e. word) must be fully embraced in order to lead to action (i.e. deed); he uses the content of his play to argue that overindulging Poetry may cause damage when used to appeal to the masses on behalf of the Nation.