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Poetic Self-Reflection in the Poetry of Milan Jesih
Poetic Self-Reflection in the Poetry of Milan Jesih

Author(s): Mateja Eniko
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Slovenian Literature
Published by: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti
Keywords: Milan Jesih; Slovenian contemporary poetry; metapoetry; self-reflection; self-referentiality; autothematization;

Summary/Abstract: Poetic self-reflection or metapoetry comprises autothematic reflections on poetry and the poet as a creator. It plays an important role in understanding the personal poetics and the role of poetic discourse in the broader social discourse. Through metapoetic reflections poets themselves give meaning to poetic creation, they self-substantiate their place in the literary system and self-induct poetry as a specific social system in a wider context. But metapoetry is not merely a discussion of everything related to poetic creation; as a formal aesthetic category it may also have an aesthetic effect of disillusion. In the opus of Milan Jesih the metamorphosis of autothematic images reveal the poet's personal views and compliance with the coexisting spiritual and literary directions. Poetic self-reflection thematizes guidelines of modernist poetics, and it forms a postmodern consciousness by questioning the relationship between the reality and fiction in the second part of Jesih’s creative path.

  • Issue Year: LIII/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 21-39
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English