THE UNSPOKEN IN NORTHERN IRISH AND TRANSYLVANIAN HUNGARIAN CONTEMPORARY POETRY Cover Image

BÉKÉT A CSÖNDDEL, BÉKÉT KI KÖT? A KIMONDHATATLAN AZ ÉSZAKÍR ÉS AZ ERDÉLYI MAGYAR KÖLTÉSZETBEN
THE UNSPOKEN IN NORTHERN IRISH AND TRANSYLVANIAN HUNGARIAN CONTEMPORARY POETRY

Author(s): Zsuzsánna Kiss
Subject(s): Hungarian Literature
Published by: Scientia
Keywords: contemporary poetry; Hungarian poets; Northern Irish poets;
Summary/Abstract: In my paper, I wish to reveal some astounding similarities between the ways how contemporary Northern Irish and Transylvanian Hungarian poets encounter silence. Along centuries of their different histories, silence has been engrained into the identity of these two nations. Expression of confusion, awe, grief, pain, anger, and shame, their silence is inevitable self-torture. An evil that must be endured with responsibility, and transformed into sweetness and light despite reality, a final resource, an ultimate human response to evade moral disintegration. In my study, the themes, motives, genres, poetical attitudes, and responses of several Northern Irish and Transylvanian Hungarian poets are being compared. There are poems with exactly identical titles. Moreover, the silence of certain poets leads from self-guilt to the fruitful regeneration of both the poets and their audience.