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2014 | 2(6) | 45-64

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Sacral motifs in Ukrainian contemporary philosophical lyrics


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Context and style modifications of contemporary philosophical lyrics are centered on axiological issues. Young artists’ poetry is represented by a harmonious combination of topical themes with aesthetic form. The phenomenon of "spiritual hunger" of the transitional period leads to a search for guidance; therefore, appeal to the sacred truths is permanent in modern reflective lyrics. As Christianity has been the standard of moral virtues for the Ukrainians for a long time, the work of young artists is full of allusions to the Scriptures. Aside from the historical function, biblical images and motifs are the methods of presentation of the poets’ personal, intuitive and existential experiences. Therefore, their works are full of innovative explorations and experiments in description of sustainable images. In particular, the style of M. Kiyanowska’s poems is characterized by a combination of truths from the Old and New Testaments, sometimes at the level of quite unexpected associations. For the lyrical heroine of M. Savka’s poetry the biblical truths provide examples for a life of wisdom which is sanctified by kindness and love to one’s neighbor, and for B. Matiyash the whole world has sacred meaning. The purpose of the paper is to identify the features of the functioning of sacred images in modern Ukrainian poetry, and in particular in philosophical lyrics. This article uses general scientific (analysis, synthesis, induction) and literary methods (drawn from philological, comparative, typological, hermeneutic and psychological studies). Innovative qualities of the writings of the poets of the late 20th and early 21st century are analyzed involving basic approaches of receptive aesthetics and intertextual analysis of the text. The novelty of the research lies in the fact that for the first time in Ukrainian literary studies the work of the young poets provides the basis for a modern interpretation of biblical images and motifs. The results of this research are important for further study of the specific qualities of biblical reception in modern Ukrainian poetry. Practical importance of the results achieved is the ability to use them in teaching the courses on literary theory, modern Ukrainian literature, Ukrainian philosophical lyric, and courses entitled “Literature as a synthesis of religion, philosophy and art” and “The practice of poetry”.


  • Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University in Kyiv in Ukraine


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