Henrikas Radauskas and Rainer Maria Rilke: Parallels in Their Poetry
This article1 focuses on the parallels between the metaphorical worlds of two writers, namely, the Lithuanian poet Henrikas Radauskas and the Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. The methodology of this article is based on the theory of the metaphor-symbol elaborated by Paul Ricoeur. The metaphor is ambivalently related to the symbol. According to Ricouer, “a metaphor is more than a symbol, on the other hand, a symbol is more than a metaphor” (Ricoeur 2000: 81). He further claims that “a metaphor is only a linguistic symbol’s surface and the two-dimensional structure of the symbol gives it the power to connect the semantic structure with the non-semantic layer which is hidden in the depth of human experience” (ibid. 82).
Rita Tūtlytė wrote: “Rainer Maria Rilke has a definite place in the process of the modernization of poetry in Western Europe. The poetry of this author has also been important for the process of the modernization of poetry in Lithuania as both a guide to the self-discovery and ‘confirmation’ of independently discovered things” (Tūtlytė 2006: 26).2
It might be mentioned for the sake of curiosity that Radauskas was born in Kraków on 23 April, 1910. After coming back to Lithuania he studied Lithuanian, German and Russian languages and literatures at Vytautas Magnus University. Thus he could read Rilke’s poetry in the original language.
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