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Philosophy in the poetic work of Pavao Vuk-Pavlović

Željka Metesi Deronjić ; Zagreb, Hrvatska


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Abstract

Although the philosophical works of Vuk-Pavlović have attracted much scholarly attention, his poetic thought yet remains to be esthetically analysed and evaluated. As a modest contribution to the future esthetical assessment of the poetic heritage of Vuk-Pavlović, this paper provides an analysis of two of his collections―Zov (The Call) and Razvaline (The Ruins)―published in Skopje in 1964, through a prism of VukPavlović’s own views presented in his philosophical writings. An interplay between the main thematical preoccupations in both his philosophical and poetic works does not alow a clear-cut demarcation within Vuk-Pavlović’s thought. Despite this hampering, though essential, characteristic of Vuk-Pavlović’s philosophy, a comparative analysis of his two poetic collections and philosophical texts has been conducted, showing that the verses of the Zov collection have their philosophical foundation primarily in his notes, published by Marija Brida under the title “Misli i bilješke” (“Thoughts and notes,” 1983), and also in his works from the field of the philosophy of education, such as an article “Uzgoj, odgoj i obrazovanje” (“Cultivation, upbringing and education,” 1939) and the work Ličnost i odgoj (Personality and education, 1932). The poem entitled Sedamdeset sedmi rijek (The seventy seventh expression) is an exception from the previous preoccupation, and offers a poetical treatment of the philosophemes from the treatise Filosofije i svjetovi (Philosophies and worlds, 1962).
The underlying poetic motifs of Vuk-Pavlović’s second collection entitled Razvaline, in which the poet continues to pursue the themes and issues from the previously mentioned Zov, may be found in the article “Pogled na kulturnopovijesna smjeranja” (“A perspective of the culturo-historical movements,” 1964) and “Vrednota i stvaralaštvo” (“Value and creativity,” 1937).
By offering a versed approach to the main issues of his philosophy, Vuk-Pavlović has made a clear statement of his own insight: a purely scientific path is incomplete and insufficient without that of art. His poetic work is complementary to his philosophical opus. Apart from great literary value, the poetic collections of Vuk-Pavlović have a specific philosophical significance, and should therefore be read as an integral part of his philosophical opus.
Vuk-Pavlović’s thought is marked by profound and genuine consideration for man and human society as a whole. His intricate sensibility and deeply felt responsibility for the mankind reflects in his poetic opus through a sharp-witted analysis of the events and problems of his day. Drawing attention to the dangers that might arise from the loss of humanity and fundamental Christian values, Vuk-Pavlović’s poetic word glorifies love as the quintessence and guideline of human life. Love itself, conveyed as a vigorous power that “directs the spirit to the stillnesses,” is the basic message of his poetic reflection.

Keywords

Pavao Vuk-Pavlović, poetry, philosophy, man, existence, Christian ethics, love

Hrčak ID:

178836

URI

https://hrcak.srce.hr/178836

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