Year 2016, Volume 15, Issue 4, Pages 1044 - 1053 2016-10-28

Ölümlü İnsanın Tanrısallaştırılması: Dylan Thomas Şiirinde Yıldız ve Yeryüzü İmgeleri
Apotheosis of Mortal Man: Stellar and Terrestrial Imagery in Dylan Thomas’s Poetry

Fahri Öz [1]

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Dylan Thomas’ın şiirleri yaşam-ölüm çevrimselliğini ve yeniden doğuşu imleyen imgeler açısından zengindir. Bu imgeler arasında insanın ölümlü varoluşunu gösteren çimenler olduğu kadar onun tanrısal bir konuma erişebilme gizilgücünü simgeleyen yıldızlar da yer alır. Söz konusu imgeler ağıt türüne dâhil edilebilecek“After the Funeral”, “And death shall have no dominion”, “Do not go gentle into that good night” ve pastoral ögeler içeren“Fern Hill” adlı şiirlerinde öne çıkmaktadır. Bu şiirlerdeki imgeler şairin paganizme olan derin ilgisinin bir göstergesi olarak değerlendirilebilir. Zira Thomas’ın şiirlerinde bu imgelerin irdelenmesi onun İngiliz şiirindeki sıra dışı konumunun ve şiir geleneği içinde yerinin daha iyi anlaşılması için önemli ipuçları vermektedir. Zira, Thomas’ın şiirlerinde kullandığı imgeler ve izlekler onun sadece John Keats gibi romantik İngiliz şairlerinden değil aynı zamanda Emily Dickinson ve Walt Whitman gibi on dokuzuncu yüzyıl Amerikan şairlerinden etkilenmiş olduğunu tanıtlamaktadır.  

Dylan Thomas’s poetry is replete with the images of life and death and their cyclicality and rebirth. Such images include stars that stand for human beings’ potential to reach godly heights on the one hand, and the grass that symbolizes their mortality on the other. Such images appear most prominently in his elegies “After the Funeral”, “And death shall have no dominion”, “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “Fern Hill”, which harbours pastoral elements. The images in these poems can be treated as a strong sign of his interest in paganism. The analysis of such images can provide us with clues about the elucidation of Thomas’s marginal yet indispensible place within English poetry since these images attest to the fact that he was not only influenced by English Romantic poets like John Keats but also Nineteenth-century American poets like Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman.    

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Subjects Literature
Journal Section Literature
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Author: Fahri Öz
Institution: ANKARA ÜNİVERSİTESİ

APA Öz, F . (2016). Apotheosis of Mortal Man: Stellar and Terrestrial Imagery in Dylan Thomas’s Poetry. Gaziantep University Journal of Social Sciences, 15 (4), 1044-1053. DOI: 10.21547/jss.265483