Universitatea „Al. I. Cuza” din Iaşi, Departamentul de Cercetare Interdisciplinară - Domeniul Socio-Uman “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iassy, Department for Interdisciplinary Research
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A Winter Night’s Dream: “The North” in Eminescu’s Works
The present essay represents an assessment of the poetic figures and signs which constellate around the Northern space, the way it is imagined and described in Mihai Eminescu’s prose and poetry. First of all, it evaluates G. Calinescu’s notion of ‘boreal vision’ within the context of great romantic themes; from this perspective, Eminescu’s obvious taste for the Northern mythology and for wintry scenes can bear the appearance of mere clichés and cultural conventions. However, our point is that, twining the Romanian epic from its onset, the Northern narrative scheme and its correspondent figures have always accompanied the artistic process, most of them being able to convert into great symbols of Eminescu’s personal myth. Such spectacular conversions are to be found in the way Northern characters (King North, Queen Midnight, Princess Pole Star/Poesis, The Bard/ Skald) and arctic signs (the pole star, the diamond) can reach the deepest recesses of Eminescu’s basic imagery.
Keywords: Boreal vision, (King) North, Queen Midnight, Pole Star, Odin, Freia, Diamond, King, Queen, Ice, Snow, Arctic Ocean
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