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Landskap på jorden och i drömmen. Studier i Folke Isakssons lyrik

Sandgren, Håkan LU (1999) In Litteratur, teater, film ; N.S. 19.
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I min avhandling studerar jag Folke Isakssons lyriska författarskap. Jag försöker visa hur han använder sig av platsskildringar, landskapsbilder och naturelement för att framställa ett själstillstånd. Genom att inte göra en sträng uppdelning mellan yttre och inre, mellan plats och själ, åstadkommer Isaksson en speciell poetisk effekt. De platser han skildrar i sin lyrik påminner ofta om hans eget norrbottniska landskap under vintertid. De är kalla och förfrusna, särskilt i hans första diktsamlingar från det tidiga 1950-talet som är mycket starkt påverkade av en tidigare generations lyriker ­ t.ex. Karl Vennberg, Erik Lindegren och Ragnar Thoursie. Isaksson arbetar också mycket med resemetaforer i... (More)
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I min avhandling studerar jag Folke Isakssons lyriska författarskap. Jag försöker visa hur han använder sig av platsskildringar, landskapsbilder och naturelement för att framställa ett själstillstånd. Genom att inte göra en sträng uppdelning mellan yttre och inre, mellan plats och själ, åstadkommer Isaksson en speciell poetisk effekt. De platser han skildrar i sin lyrik påminner ofta om hans eget norrbottniska landskap under vintertid. De är kalla och förfrusna, särskilt i hans första diktsamlingar från det tidiga 1950-talet som är mycket starkt påverkade av en tidigare generations lyriker ­ t.ex. Karl Vennberg, Erik Lindegren och Ragnar Thoursie. Isaksson arbetar också mycket med resemetaforer i sin lyrik. Detta ger honom en möjlighet att utöka antalet platser, och skapa både exotiska och betydelsefulla lokaler bortom det hemlika. I min studie finns också åtskilliga exempel på hur Isaksson påverkats av utländska författare och inkorporerat deras stilar och tematiska preferenser i den egna lyriska praktiken. De främsta av dessa är R. M. Rilke, Dylan Thomas, Wallace Stevens och William Blake (de senare två har han också översatt). I min avhandling försöker jag också visa hur hans texter hänger ihop med dåtidens estetiska och politiska debatter, och hur hans ämnesval och ideologiska infallsvinklar efterhand förskjuts beroende av rådande politiska och poetiska strömningar. (Less)
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My study focuses on the analysis of single poems chosen as paradigmatic of Fole Isaksson's style and poetic vision. This approach is grounded in the belief that there is a certain thematic unity to Isaksson's lyric output, a unity which stems from the poet's constant preoccupation with the relations between the speaker of a poem and external nature, i.e. the place or landscape in or before which the speaker finds himself. I look at the various ways in which place is designated in his poetry. Furthermore, I show how the speaker of the poem affects the impressions of place and landscape by projecting onto these latter his own states of mind. In my opinion, the poetry of place presupposes a simplistic notion of mimetic correspondences. As I... (More)
My study focuses on the analysis of single poems chosen as paradigmatic of Fole Isaksson's style and poetic vision. This approach is grounded in the belief that there is a certain thematic unity to Isaksson's lyric output, a unity which stems from the poet's constant preoccupation with the relations between the speaker of a poem and external nature, i.e. the place or landscape in or before which the speaker finds himself. I look at the various ways in which place is designated in his poetry. Furthermore, I show how the speaker of the poem affects the impressions of place and landscape by projecting onto these latter his own states of mind. In my opinion, the poetry of place presupposes a simplistic notion of mimetic correspondences. As I point out in my study, literary conventions always govern the lyrical creation and depiction of a certain landscape. Isaksson's early poetry is strongly influenced by Swedish modernism and the sophisticated poetry and poetics of, among others, R.M. Rilke, Dylan Thomas, Wallace Stevens, T.S. Eliot and the Swedish 'Poets of the Forties'. He relies heavily upon the style and ideology of his Swedish and foreign forefunners, but add to these features a much-discussed 'romanticism' of a modern kind. In his poetry of the late 1950s a mimetic journey is often required for the speaker to acquaint himself with foreign places. But the journeys back to the speaker's place and origin, his 'roots', are made in his mind, in his recollections of the past. This past is a locus of ambiguities. In his later collections, a poetic epiphany is connected to nature and the beauty of the rural landscapes, which are said to hold the key to salvation. My study tries to show the complexity of his poetry and to identify the most important thematic elements in his texts: the correlation between the lyric 'I' and physical objects; the semiotic power of fictive and actual places; and the historical, aesthetic, and social contexts that affect the content and form of his poetry. As place and landscape are seen as parts of an overall structure of semiotic signification, their profound meaning is revealed. (Less)
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  • Schönström, Rikard, Department of Literature, University of Copenhagen
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Landscapes on earth and in dreams : a study of the poetry of Folke Isaksson
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Thesis
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General and comparative literature, the aesthetics of the post-war era, modernist poetry, lyrical tropes and clichés, intertextuality, the metaphor of the journey, poetry of place, 20th century Swedish poetry, literature criticism, literary theory, Allmän och jämförande litteratur, litteraturkritik, litteraturteori
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Litteratur, teater, film ; N.S.
volume
19
pages
272 pages
publisher
Lund University Press
defense location
Edens hörsal, Lund University
defense date
1999-04-10 10:15
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  • other:ISRN LUHFDA/HFLI-99/1051-SE+272
ISSN
0347-7770
ISBN
91-7966-551-9
language
Swedish
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yes
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