“BALLADIC AND ORIENTAL” IN ION BARBU`S POETRY Cover Image

”BALADESC ŞI ORIENTAL” ÎN POEZIA LUI ION BARBU
“BALLADIC AND ORIENTAL” IN ION BARBU`S POETRY

Author(s): Virđinija Popović
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Editura Universităţii Vasile Goldiş
Keywords: Balkanism; Universe; myth; poetry; folklore; ballad

Summary/Abstract: The most important phase of Ion Barbu’s second, so called, „oriental-balladic” phase which is considered as the poet’s most original and most interesting phase where he deals with the least explored areas of Romanian folk poetry – occult works (magic, incantations) and children games. In this phase Barbu investigates the Balkanic layer in the folk literature and legacy of Anton Pann as he displays a true fascination with picturesque, intense colours and raw language full of coarseness. The game, in this phase of Barbu’s work, represents the basic thematic component and a means of meditation about the magical powers of the verb and the dramatic initiations in the mysteries of the Universe. From its very beginnings, Greek philosophy, in correlation with the ancient sacred game of rivalry in wisdom, moved towards the annulation of borders between the philosophical-religious expression and the poetic expression. The tendency of Barbu’s poetry to suggest the constant game between appereance and reality sometimes leads to a revelation of his poetry’s true mystery, of the mystery hidden underneath the layers of subjective impressions. In this way, Ion Barbu tries to find a novel way of expression, using modernistic and even postmodernistic methods.

  • Issue Year: XI/2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 137-144
  • Page Count: 8