Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski
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The Pearl and the Ruby: Incarnations of Imaginal in the Fourth Story of Haft Peykar by Nezâmi
Abstract: The article is based on the hypothesis that the poetic intensity of Nezâmi’s Haft Peykar stems from the entanglement of the Imaginary, the Symbolic and the Real. Our goal is to prove that this romantic epic unveils beauty through its reflection. Thus, first we pose on the structural and thematic implications of the Imaginal. Then, we seek to elucidate the symbolic meaning of the legend told by the Slavonic princess. Finally, we try to demonstrate that beauty is epiphanized through metaphorical images with symbolic value. One is the gemological metaphor, in particular that of the two par excellence gems of beauty: the pearl and the ruby. Another is the vegetable metaphor, in particular that of the two par excellence plants of beauty: the rose and the cypress.
Keywords: Haft Peykar, Imaginal, Imaginary, Nezâmi, Real, Sensible, Symbolic.
Citation suggestion: Kristeva, Irena. “La perle et le rubis: Incarnations de l’imaginal dans le quatrième conte des Sept Portraits de Nezâmi.” Transilvania, no. 6-7 (2022): 92-98.