Reccomended procedure to literary work Daybreak drunkenness

Author: Anna Kürthy

Author of the recommended piece:  Dezső Kosztolányi
Year of publication: 2002
Publisher: Nap

Hungarian version:, Hangfelvétel (c) Sturcz Attila, 2023
English version:
Slovak version:


Therapeutic goals: to talk about summary of existence, life
Age group: adults
Form of the work: group


Brief content:

In this work, the poet presents a sick person’s account of life. The lyrical self begins with a conversation, about all kinds of ordinary things, and then delves deeper and deeper into the questions of existence. The poem is an existential poem.

The poem presents the ordinary fate of ordinary people whose houses are coffins and they lie like the dead. The lyrical self would be freed from this, leaving the gray everyday life behind.

However, by the end of the poem, the confession softens and closes the work childishly, with joy and gratitude. He is happy that he could benefit a little from such a huge world. The message of the work is that beauty and goodness can be found even in gray everyday life.


Description of the possibilities of professional pedagogical/therapeutic work:

I offer a processing option for a group session. The topic of the group is the summary of existence.

  1. Let’s choose a Dixit card. What does the word summary evoke in whom?
  2. Reading the poem.
  3. What captured you in the poem as a whole?
  4. Choose a specific sentence or word that touched you.
  5. Focused writing, what interests you most at the moment? Continue to write the word or sentence you chose earlier. Underline the word that is most important to you in the text created in this way and write a sentence with it.
  6. Let’s share our experiences with each other.
  7. Continue a sentence of the poem.

…I fell to the ground, broken, and thanked all of this…

What are you grateful for in your life?


Description of the recommender’s experience from his own work with this work:

Once I read this book to a first-grade boy at school. He had temper management problems, was aggressive, and was often angry at the whole world. We didn’t draw, we just talked the whole time. At the end of the session, he indicated that he didn’t even know that other people felt the same way, and that we should talk about it again next time. The book helped open up this boy.


The card of the recommended work according to the mentioned literary source was created by:
Kürthy Anna, Workplace: Zichy Miklós Primary School in Zsámbék
Date last updated: 2023. 08. 12.


Recommended citation procedure:

Kürthy Anna. 2023.

Recommended professional procedure to the work with literary masterpiece of Kosztolányi Dezső. In Kotrbová, K. et al: Bratislava: PRO SKIZP – Association to support the development of the Slovak Chamber of Clinical Physics, Laboratory Diagnosticians, Language Speech Therapists and Therapeutic Pedagogues, 2023.  ISBN 978-80-974667-0-1 Available on:


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Additional information


Literary masterpiece title: Hajnali részegség (in Hungarian)
Author: Kosztoláyi Dezső
Year of publication: 2002
Publisher: Nap
Total number of pages: 398
ISBN: 9789639402102
Literary genre: poetry

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