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A Reflection of Man and Culture in Language and Literature

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Edited By Mária Matiová and Martin Navrátil

This book consists of scientific chapters devoted to innovative approaches to examination of anthropocentrism. It depicts human beings as physical, spiritual, social and cultural creatures perceived through the lingual and literary lens. The publication has an intercultural foundation, as it examines Slovak, Russian, German, English and Romanian languages.

The authors of the book discuss issues which transcend the boundaries of philological research. They apply knowledge from various fields, such as psychology, communication theory, aesthetics, mass media and other social sciences in order to obtain relevant scientific results. The authors present critical analyses and interpretations of contemporary theoretical and practical problems occurring in the selected areas of expertise, and outline the perspective research possibilities.

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Revision and Self-Censorship in the Poetry Collection Sonety Pre Tvoju Samotu (Sonnets For Your Solitude) by Vojtech Mihálik11This text is an output of the research project UGA I-16-213-02 – Tvorba Vojtecha Mihálika a jej dobová recepcia (The work of Vojtech Mihálik and its contemporary interpretation).

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Martin Navrátil

In the second half of the 1950s, the cultural, social and political détente also brought gradual changes to literature. Successively, many significant poets (Válek, Stacho, Feldek, Kováč and others) produced important works of art which, with their themes and structural compositions, became a driving and enriching force for poetry. After the regression, his work lasting from the publication of the collection of poems Plebejská Košeľa (Plebeian Shirt) (1950) to the end of the 1950s – Spievajúce srdce (Singing Heart) (1952), Ozbrojená láska (Armed Love)(1953), Neumriem na slame (I Won’t Die on Straw) (1955), Archimedove kruhy (Archimedes’ Circles) (1960) – Vojtech Mihálik contributed to this literary movement with the collections Vzbúrený Jób (Revolting Job) (1960), Tŕpky (Hackberries) (1963), Appassionata (1964) and Útek za Orfeom (Retreat to Orpheus) (1965). In 1966, he published a collection of one hundred sonnets written between 1942 and 1965, under the title Sonety pre tvoju samotu (Sonnets for Your Solitude).2

The author himself speaks about the sonnets in an editorial comment: “They sort of represent my emotional history, because I always perceived the sonnet as the most intimate expressive realization. […] I also felt the need for solid and clear form in the times when the majority of Slovak poetry was under the spell of amorphousness. Therefore, in the last two years, I started to write mostly sonnets, but I have returned to my older texts as well. Two thirds of...

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