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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 26 | volume V | May-June, 2002



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Blesok no. 26May-June, 2002
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Some Juncture Points in the Poetics of Andrić and Koneski

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Jasmina Mojsieva Guševa

The attitude of Andrić and Koneski towards violence

     Torment conditions the existence of altruism. The prose and the novels of Andrić, in a sense, can be understood as a result of an attempt to express altruistic philosophy of the author and his understanding of history of mankind, through described sufferings. It is evident that Godfried Ben’s lyrical –essayist attitudes had an influence in the formation of Andrić’s point of view regarding beauty and the eternity of artistic harmony. Also, the poet Walt Whitman had a great influence on Andrić. Namely, he influenced Andrić’s sense for pantheistic solidarity, for democracy and the conviction that “The future of the world is in the free traffic and in the solidarity of all races”.[8] We can find the same element in the poetry of Koneski. He is deeply conscious of the existence of evil in the world, but he generously stands up for its overcoming saying that the fight and determination make the essence of human existence. Only by working can a human being resist death and misfortune; human hopelessness finds its consolation in creation. Maybe that is why he poses the question for the moral credibility of  “poet’s lyre in meager times”.[9] He firmly stands behind Eliot and Yesenin who, in fact, as he did, preferred to write rather that fight in meager times. Andrić as well writes his greatest works in the occupied Belgrade, isolated from the tempestuous events in the WWII. They both believe in the power of their quill. Wishes, convictions, and human eminence are, according to them, enough to overcome the numerous obstacles and chasms on the way which leads to harmony. Writer’s pledges, although vain and irrational to many people, mark the rational effort, which can overcome the metaphysical despair, and the chasm that separates life from death. That effort always helps the human being to feel encouraged by the fact that he is not alone, left and helpless, but he’s a part of the great human brotherhood.
     Philosophical determinations of Andrić and Koneski are close to the understanding that the relation between the good and the evil on Earth, the relation between the altruism and egoism, is always the same, and sometimes that relation is on the side of evil. Yet, the human being needs to pledge to direct that relation on the side of the good. In their works they warn about the possible crime, suffering and

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8. Andrić, Ivo, Essay on Walt Whitman 1919.
9. Koneski, Blaže, The Lyra, Subjects and Characters, Kultura, Skopje, 1990, 379.






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