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Ştefan Augustin Doinaş – psalmistul orfic
Ştefan Augustin Doinaş - the orphic psalmist

Author(s): Ioan Mariş
Subject(s): Cultural Essay
Published by: Renaşterea Cluj
Keywords: Ştefan Augustin Doinaş; romanian poetry; Psalms; Divinity; dialogue; faith; doubt;

Summary/Abstract: Ştefan Augustin Doinaş (1922 -2002) stands out in the Romanian poetry as an Orphic creator concerned about the need to build a corpus of theoretical texts that will argue the lyrical register of the poet. Poesis, as language initiative (Poetry, Dichtung), becomes, in the Psalms, God: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” (John 1: 1). Doinaş subscribes to this biblical adagio in the cycle of Psalms. In some of the Psalms, the lyrical ego is questioning the Divinity in a dialogue that sometimes becomes a monologue, making him resemble the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke. The psalmist feels desolate, burnt by the fire of his love for God, Whom he wants to be a shadow coming out to meet his shadow. Piety sometimes replaces doubt, so we may say that the poet feels lonely without God and the message of the Psalms could be expressed by the troubling sentence “Lord, help thou mine unbelief”.

  • Issue Year: X/2016
  • Issue No: 09
  • Page Range: 57-60
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Romanian