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Antroponyma v Magorových labutích písních
Anthroponyms in Magor’s Swan Songs

Author(s): Robert Kolár
Subject(s): Czech Literature, Stylistics
Published by: Ústav pro jazyk český Akademie věd České republiky
Keywords: Ivan M. Jirous; Czech poetry – 20th Century; literary underground; literary onomastics; anthroponyms; prison poetry

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with personal names and their functions in the poetry collection Magorovy labutí písně (1985) written by Ivan Martin Jirous (1944–2011). According to underground poetics, Jirous uses real names. The nature of naming depends on whether the person is male (one-word and multi-word naming) or female (strictly one-word naming by first name); whether the person is close to the author (usually naming by the first name or a combination of a hypocorism and the last name) or historical figure (naming by the last name or a combination of the official first name and the last name). In the case of names of historical figures, the dominant function is associative, in the case of names of persons close to author the functions are phatic (a distant contact with the named person), honorific (honouring of named persons) and magic (protection of named persons). One of the key features of Magorovy labutí písně is that names are often in rhyme position – rhyming names are a sign of virtuosity but at the same time of humorous poetry (epigram, satire).

  • Issue Year: 60/2019
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 233-239
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Czech