The woman was the first…, it was not the word!/
By Yllka FILIPI/
The mystery of communication through poetry, the language of spirit, comes from the ancient mythical resonance to modern times to impart the uncontested idea according to which the origins of mankind knew how to decipher the shivering of the spiritual feelings through speech connotations. Poetic subjectivity often associated with triggering musical outbreaks and melodic harmonization challenge extraordinary lyrics bursts in songs devoted to love, life, mystery of death, departure of irretrievable time, nature, Gods, etc. throwing sparks of light to the ancient approaches.
Lyrics, like a solemn melody harmonization of human inner world, through the power of speech could decipher the tumults of the individual spiritual unfolding in this way the universe of feelings of the absence, pain, sorrow and tears. Not to show that man is not strong in front of the mystics existential destiny, but to express their magic through the extraordinary strength of the message, poetry.
Since in the times of the ancient Greece there existed the desire of communicating the stirred universe of feelings through the charm of the chosen word. The ancient echoes bring myths still alive that platted hymns to the rich spiritual world of human in the universalism of his feelings thus becoming a source of inspiration for modern poets of our time. SAFON, the poet from Mitilena / Lesbos (pre- Cent. VII-VI BC ; in the years 630 BC-), like no other female in poetic genesis of humanity, became the foundation myth of the lyrics in the European continent and beyond . She is the author of nine books of lyric poetry and an “epitalame” or wedding songs. She has sung to love like no one has done before, with a gruesome passion by being baptized as the Poet of Love.
The Tenth muse, named by Plato is located alongside to nine antique muses being precious antiques not only to her contemporaries, but by a whole army of generations until today. Although we possess only a few pieces of her creativity , they show great talent, strength and warmth of the chosen word, elegance, humanity and above all ,the spiritual turmoil in every- time cathartics over all the time leaping . The Spiritual Flickering inside the human beings is a layered substance of the universal concerns of the individual breaking the time limits.
The sintigmatic freezing’s, remain as a living proof according to which the antique matter owns the magic art of non- changing. It comes purified unchangeable even by the erosions or literary storms including modern and postmodern lyrical, which does not undo it. Often, even generations after more than two thousand years can heal the wounds of the spirit with the Blessed Water of the Safon verses. Her poetry is a prick built through figurative Elixirs with syllable meanings and unbridled imagination. There is melancholy in it, commodity, perhaps even grief of mourning. After all these things combine together surrounding the human spirit in general and in particular the female spirit.
Madam please remove my sorrows, deliriums / Do not leave me in the chest of sadness, do forsake/drop me…
(Please Madam remove my sorrows, deliriums )
Not only the poetic talent, but the overall culture (when the tyrannical overturned the aristocracy , she was forced to emigrate to Sicily, to return later in the island of her origin country), make the philosophical lyrics of Safo un comparable to any other. The feminine Delicacy is felt among the key lexemes: Madam … Please do not leave me … not forsake me … This plea comes as living, as well as a tragic up to co timing. Is there a human being, in any corner of the whole world who does not have in their solitary moments the desire for a magical force that could heal the spirit?
… the broken wings Swans, came around the dark and black earth, …
(Please Madam; deliver me from my sorrows, my deliriums)
Strong collision of images, sharp contrast, the Swans and white background of the dark, black ground … The Composite broken wings, co notates impossibility of flying to heaven and bring punishment to the killing ground around the earth. The Metaphorical epithets dark and black mark in the real configurations, the actual settings dramas of human life, as an inseparable part of it.
The Safo verse brakes ages, brings vivid aesthetic models, it makes the mystic transparent, and it raises robust communication systems. Decodifications of the lexemes are the same with sentimental diversity which brings life to the being.
The poetic I, refinement of the intimate feeling, is focused not only on erotic axes: for ex poetry with three lines: Night
O night everything gets bright dawn / You still turn it back …
Or poetry: The Spring, where the cult of nature is interlaced with the stirred spiritual lyrical:
All around an icy water/ it’s muttering from above/ …from the hush of leaves something sleepy, sweet
Here are disclosed sounds harmonization with the philosophical images , details of universal echoes around which revolves the troubled human world up to co-timing to, between harmony or the echo’s of lyrical meditation.
This is seen in structural organization of the verses, and especially the depth of antic poetic verb, as to show that the human being is just the same, destined to wallow in the magic vicious circle of love , for which SAFO sang with such passion. The first woman who dared to exalt and arise the most beautiful feeling in the axis around which the centuries and humanity Love, seen through the individual prism not as Eros, but as God.
Phonetic and aesthetic organization of the text, freedom of expression, alliterations, dreadful metaphors and symbolism often flat, internal syntactic organization, especially in the use of inversions, makes poetic thought to awaken the cosmic images. It feels like you are among gods of Olympus.
It is believed that love is the result of a mysterious quality with which two people attract each other, an event that happens without any effort. In reality, man’s loneliness and his sexual desires make it easy to fall in love and there is nothing mysterious, (…) man’s own power to love, produces love.1 – Erich Fromm said.
Safon loving hero, is in other spaces ,now not from earth so everything around deified: the sweet smile, magic articulation of the words, the heart is weight, losing the voice, loss of words, language that is expected, fire to wander in venous, blindness of sight, loss of hearing the voices around, shudders of the seventh, and then the idea that you are in another life, the place where imagination begins and the reality dies, a death-life that gives you life, makes you touch the heaven and fascinates by making you feel human .
Weight leads my heart your smile/ voice … not a shred of it coming to the brim; / my tongue is on hold / a thin venous fire crosses my veins/… thy eyes do not see … … /shudders even come seventh of myself/ like a blade of grass and just for a while it seems to me I’m vanishing … (Passion of love)
The moment of birth of love given to fine details and subtle lyrical notes which follow spiritual shivering to modern reception make over all times Safon ranges. They transcend centuries and shock the world. Find safe haven only to the eternal deity of love goddess Aphrodite *:
Thou eternal Deity, you purplethroned Aphrodite/ You nettedtrap daughter of God, save me, deliver me …
(Please remove my sorrows Madam, my deliriums )
Often, access to de-enigma verse of Safon, creates the atmosphere of an illusory cosmos, almost dreamlike from another world, the most beautiful and fascinating. Preference is noted and nettedtrap, purplethroned composites that connote the lexemes temptation and a trap. Architectures compressed poetic style not only expresses philosophy of eternity of love, which is able to change the metaphors being, but also the existential meaning of life to fill the world with divine light and color. An old Latin phrase means: Non dubĭto, ouin with Ames, amavěris, amatūrus sis. (No doubt you love me, you loved me , you will love me.) There is an echo of eternity here, as SAFON calls: the eternal Deity.
Safi stylistic procedures, the arrays have become the cliché Passion of love, something akin to fire, or the biblical apocalypse that does not ravage the universe, but melt the two into a single entity, in eternity. The troubled poetic soul seeking salvation only from love and this is proved by the use of verbal metaphors: Save me, deliver me.
Spiritual glimmers outline simple verses in appearance, but often laden with artistic hue to open a microcosm denotation (only two beings: He and She) who feel the macro-Deity (God-a), lovers who do not fear death: When a little above the poet says: “It seems to me I’m vanishing “, she makes no signs of fear or dread, nor is she shy, but happy by spiritual excitement that feels internally. She simply states that the happiness of the soul is like death, those of other kinds: deaths from love.
1Fromm, Erich ,Man for Himself, Tracing the psychology of ethics, Phoenix, Tirana, 2003, pg.101
* According to mythology Venus was the Goddess of love, beauty and pollination. According to Homer was the daughter of Zeus and Dion. According to a popular legend, which we find in Hesiod, she emerged from the sea foam, holds title to the Venus anadiomena (emerging from the sea). To the Greeks it was heavenly Goddess of love.
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