ANTIQUITY AND ENGLISHNESS AS LITERARY AESTHETIC FORMS OF NATIONAL IDENTITY IN JOHN KEATS' POETRY

Authors

  • Nataliia I. Romanyshyn Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32589/2311-0821.1.2020.207226

Keywords:

John Keats' poetic world, Antiquity and Englishness, cognitive poetics, concept, national identity

Abstract

Abstract
The paper focuses on the study of John Keats' poetic world shining with Antiquity and Englishness. Studying
the ways of poetic embodying of these two concepts the paper assumes that Antiquity and Englishness
are considered to be literary aesthetic forms of expressing the national identity in poetic text. Based on
the cognitive poetics and literary studies the paper generates the idea of Keats' world perception and the means
of its verbalization in the text.

Résumé
The paper focuses on the study of John Keats' poetic world with its Antiquity and Englishness.
Studying the ways of poetic embodying of these two concepts the paper assumes that Antiquity and
Englishness are considered to be literary aesthetic forms of expressing the national identity in poetic
text. The matter is that each poet makes his own unique poetic world, based on his personal experience,
his personal background. John Keats creates antique imagery and in his own artistic way depicts
reminiscences of ancient mythology and art. The paper analyses the ways of depicting this antique
imagery and its functions in literary text. Based on the cognitive methods of literary and linguistic
analysis of poetic texts the paper generates the idea of author's perception, understanding and
verbalization of the sense of national universe and human existence laws.
The dissemination of antique images in Keats' poetry produces an effect of intertextuality.
The aesthetic and pragmatic functions of images reflect the author's individual understanding of interaction
between a human being and the national environment. This poetic intertextual power fosters theperception
of cultural space of the motherland as an organic unity of "the domestic" and "the strange".
Chronotopes and realia in Keats' poetry: 1) favor the embodiment of universal symbolic
meaning both in specifically ethnic, folklore and well-known, prominent ancient imagery forms, which
results in semantic diversity; 2) create an effect of intertextuality; 3) perform evaluative pragmatic
function. Keats uses the antique poetic palette for the creation of multilayer, versatile background
of panorama, which depicts the portrait of his own motherland underlying social, cultural, historical
and ideological implications of these images in the poetic texture. National identity is manifested
in Keats' poetic discourse by semantic superpositions and transformations of imagery poetic forms,
which verbalize the concepts of Antiquity and Englishness.

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