“The Praying Universe”: Lyrical Significations and Frames of Vision of the Poetic Sign Universe in Eminescu’s Poetry Cover Image

„Universu-n rugăciune”: semnificaţii lirice şi câmpuri de viziune ale imaginii universului în lirica eminesciană
“The Praying Universe”: Lyrical Significations and Frames of Vision of the Poetic Sign Universe in Eminescu’s Poetry

Author(s): Ilie Moisuc
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Editura Alfa
Keywords: Eminescu’s poetry; universe; poetical sign; fields of vision and expression

Summary/Abstract: This paper aims to analyze how the poetic sign universe function in the dynamic of the poetical imaginary and discourse of Eminescu.From our point of view, this poetic sign organizes three fields of vision and expression on the main idea of the connection between the universe and the human being.The first field of vision where the poetic sign universe occurs is the cosmological context and, in this case, it describes the totality of what exists, from three perspectives: as the field of being coming into existence from the primordial chaos, as autonomous level of existence (engaged in a sui generis movement) or as the totality of being about to turn into nonbeing, in an apocalyptical scenario. The verse stressing the best this poetic meaning is “Because is nonbeing’s dream, this chimerical universe” (The First Letter).The second great frame of vision organized by the poetic sign universe is connected to the human knowledge and being and describes either the content of the human conscience as the microcosm’s reflection of the entire existence, either the spiritual echo of the connection between human being and universe. The most representative verse for this field of vision is “With a universe above and with another universe inside” (Jealousy).In the third frame of vision and function, the poetic sign universe works as a connotative tool in order to emphasize some features of poetic situations or characters. The image of the universe is, therefore, used either to spotlight Arald’s greatness of the war dash or to stress the infinite power of the human conscience, in the case of the old teacher from The First Letter, either to catalyse the tension between two opposite poetic meanings as the opposition between appearance and essence or the opposition between matter and spirit. In this context, the most eloquent verse is “The infinite universe is in his little finger” (The First Letter).

  • Issue Year: X/2014
  • Issue No: 2 (20)
  • Page Range: 81-88
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Romanian