Thursday, May 23, 2024

MEHR LICHT!

And, yes, it is the blissful light of the human soul that seeks a different order in the life of being. It is this happy and persistent light that seeks to give deeper meanings to human life. And, at this point, we are thinking of the author of the monumental work “Faust”, the inimitable Goethe, who in his last moments uttered the words “Mehr Licht!”, which means “light, more light!”. A permanent cry for the enlightenment of the human being, a premise for our time with countless blacks and dark secret realities of endless mediocrity that feed on the fatalities of everyday life.

Author: Bardhyl Zaimi

 

There are two names of Albanian poetic modernity that, in my opinion, have created a completely different vision, that have managed to shake the canons of poetic discourse that are still alive with repetition. One comes as a volcano, as a cry that feeds on the defects of Albanian society, as a lyrical subject that has already internalized supreme freedom, that has crystallized a poetic consciousness that goes beyond the canons of tradition, beyond the poetic habitus of romantic tones, while the other comes separately in his own silent dissent through images of melancholic reflection.And both bring the happy light of Albanian poetics, of illumination within the matrices of poetic discourse that already knew the limits and unrepeatable peaks.

Migjeni and Frederik Rreshpja are the names of different poetic paradigms, which come to Albanian literature to convey the great poetic message, the European and international literary horizon and with this the breadth of the Albanian language, its poetic power, in both cases manages to articulate dizzying depths of volcanic seething and unearthly melancholy.

There are two names that, each in their own way, each in their own vocation, express dissidence to the grim reality, to the gloom and fatal claws of the two eras. Both of them released the light of sensitivity in the abyss of Albanian life, i delicately touched the Albanian wounds with a sense of freedom, revealing a unique and enlightening poetic world down to the smallest particles of Albanian decomposition and alienation as well.
“A little light, a little light, my friend, my brother”, cried Migjeni, while Rreshpja was offering Albanian poetry the light of melancholy and escape in relation to socio-realist poetics. Both of them were cultivating poets of rebellion. One through superhuman echoes and the other through the softness of melancholic verse, but no less rebellious against literary and social canons.

And, yes, it is the blissful light of the human soul that seeks a different order in the life of being. It is this happy and persistent light that seeks to give deeper meanings to human life. And, at this point, we are thinking of the author of the monumental work “Faust”, the inimitable Goethe, who in his last moments uttered the words “Mehr Licht!”, which means “light, more light!”.

A permanent cry for the enlightenment of the human being, a premise for our time with countless blacks and dark secret realities of endless mediocrity that feed on the fatalities of everyday life.

“More light” means more knowledge, more dedication and less unrealized grandeur. More light means more creativity and responsibility and less ideological partisanship, means more insight into complicated realities and less all-logical speculation. It means more culture and art and less plebeian social media discourse. It means more freedom and less clutches of mundane captivity!

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