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When do Cesarić’s Poems Begin?


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Pavličić, Pavao. (2008). When do Cesarić’s Poems Begin?. Dani Hvarskoga kazališta : Građa i rasprave o hrvatskoj književnosti i kazalištu, 34(1). pp. 59-76. ISSN 1849-0255

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This paper analyses the poems of Dobriša Cesarić, poet whose not very large oeuvre permits the easy discernment of specific features. One of these is the way in which his poems begin, i.e., the temporal datum (time of day, year or duration of some event). Mention of the moment of which the poem speaks guarantees the realistic nature of the experience and facilitates the identification between reader and poem. Cesarić’s poems are dedicated to little things and by the highlighting of the temporal dimension the character of the poem is underlined: it is an experience of an ordinary man in ordinary circumstances and so identification is pos- sible. Poems without a temporal datum tend to speak of something that is eternal or something that lasts very long. Time does not interest Cesarić as a destructive force; rather he is interested in the moments in its duration in which something exceptional happens. Mentioning temporal data is not the consequence of a manner of the poet; rather is the direct fruit of his experience of the world. The paper concludes that poems beginning with something ephemeral conclude with something lasting or definitive. In the little, the big is concealed, in the moment of eternity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Comparative literature
Departments: Department of Comparative Literature
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2018 11:07
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2018 11:07

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