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Dynamics of Being, Space, and Time in the Poetry of Czesław Miłosz and John Ashbery


Jolley (Malinowska)

Many contemporary critics have been interested in Martin Heidegger’s phenomenology and have recognized its importance for literary theory. As a continuation of theoretical explorations, this study undertakes a discussion of poetic visions of reality in the works of contemporary hyper-realistic poets, Czesław Miłosz and John Ashbery. It breaks new ground by applying the key Heideggerian terms, Dasein, space, time, and culture to explore the reality created by and/or alluded to in the contemporary poetry of Miłosz and Ashbery. In its final synthesis, the study proposes the comprehensive concept of ontological transcendence as a model to analyze multidimensional contemporary poetry.