Israel Holmström – de profana visorna och den "lätta" lyriken
2013 (Swedish)In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, Vol. 134, 5-73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Israel Holmström – the secular and ‘light’ lyric poetry.
Israel Holmström (1661–1708) was a civil servant in the Swedish war cabinet. He wrote love poems, amusement poems and burlesque poems. He followed Karl XII in the war on the European continent and wrote political propaganda poems. Contrary to almost all other Swedish poets of his time, he wrote no religious poetry.
In my essay I analyze rhetorical and linguistic contexts in the secular song-poems of Holmström, and the varying use of expressive metaphors. Holmström's extensive writings within the domains of song-poetry stretch from the fixed patterns of petrarchism, to which the author supplements a rich linguistic and metaphorical variety, over the opposite expressions of antipetrarchism, to the coarse, "low" language and scatological expressions of the burlesque. Holmström's "light" poetry is stylistically very diverse, richer in metaphors than perhaps any other poet during Sweden's great power period, and whereas Holmström's "light" poetry display a linguistic variation within the regulated, tradition-bound forms of the petrarchistic diction, in the unregulated antipetrarchistic and burlesque poetry the author pushes to the extreme using diverse linguistic and stylistic means. In the essay I make an attempt to define the characteristics of these secular song-poems.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Svenska Litteratursällskapet , 2013. Vol. 134, 5-73 p.
Israel Holmström, song-poems, secular, Sweden's great power period (stormaktstiden), baroque, petrarchism, antipetrarchism, burlesque
General Literature Studies
Research subject Literature
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