The Europe that was Lost – Thoughts on Central and Eastern European Modernism
11. The “Jewish Question” – and the National One. Preliminary Conclusions
457 11. The “Jewish Question” – and the National One Preliminary Conclusions According to the Hungarian-American musical and cultural historian Judit Frigyesi, one of the distinctive features of Endre Ady s´ poetry is the “inherent symbolism” of the message of the poetic associations carried by the particular words and the way they are composed in the poem. In some words symbolism is more evident, but most of them suggest a whole range of images and mean- ings that, superimposed and interacting, create a special lyrical atmosphere. The imagery has a “surplus” of symbolic references forcing the reader to focus on the interacting symbolic content of the single word. At the same time, Ady s´ language is full of everyday usages that lack elegance and are emphatically unpoetical, at time even rude, silly or primitive. Ady uses the language to its full capacity and improvises words and syntax, sometimes taking the context as inspiration for a neologism, always creating an ambiguity that becomes part of the symbolic message.1239 According to his friend Lajos Hatvany, Ady knocked on the door of the Unknown, what is beyond the capacity of comprehension, the secret of what is beyond everything,1240 that is God, the innermost substance of existence, ac- cording to Frigyesi, the center of the universe, the all-embracing totality or the all-governing “Nothing”, that which does not have volume, form nor shape – I carry my load: the heaviest Nothing, My path: the great Nihil, the None, My fate: to go, to go, to go,...
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