About the lily soul (N. Liliev) and the lily woman (E. Dvoryanova) Cover Image

За душата крин (Н. Лилиев) и жената крин (Ем. Дворянова)
About the lily soul (N. Liliev) and the lily woman (E. Dvoryanova)

Author(s): Nadezhda Tsocheva
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Bulgarian Literature
Published by: Шуменски университет »Епископ Константин Преславски«
Keywords: lily; the motive for Longing; modernism; post-modernism

Summary/Abstract: The present text studies the symbolic uses of the flower lily in the texts of Bulgarian modernism and post-modernism. The writings by N. Liliev and Em. Dvoryanova use mythological stereotypes connected with the Virgin Mary – Mother of God, a never dying flower, the Eleusa (the Compassionate and the Caressing One), figuratively named as the lily soul and the lily woman in their striving for the divine world. In ‘The Earthly Gardens of Mary, Mother of God’ by Dvoryanova, instead of the faded away gardens of the symbolism (N. Liliev), perceived through the suffering and completely pure soul lily, and the Otherworld, which stays beyond the grasp of the mind, perceived through the motive of the darkness (dark lily), the blossoming gardens of the Mother of God can be seen, where the sweetheart of the flowers blooms, namely the lily (part of the imagery of Paradise); and these gardens are unreached, forbidden for the uninitiated. Em. Dvoryanova interprets in a very original way the correlation between body and spirit in the context of the key motive for Longing.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 18
  • Page Range: 174-189
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian