Between Philosophy and Poetry: The Forms of Vision in the Diaries of Alfonsas Nyka-Niliūnas Cover Image

Tarp filosofijos ir poezijos: regimybės pavidalai Alfonso Nykos-Niliūno dienoraščiuose
Between Philosophy and Poetry: The Forms of Vision in the Diaries of Alfonsas Nyka-Niliūnas

Author(s): Manfredas Žvirgždas
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Lietuvos edukologijos universitetas
Keywords: poetry; philosophy; existentialism; diary; vision.

Summary/Abstract: In the poetry of Alfonsas Nyka-Niliūnas and even more in the fragments of his diary we may observe the poet’s attempts to find philosophical arguments which explain and justify his close, interoceptive position in front of the visual world. In the studies of Juozas Girnius and Antanas Maceina, published in the early 1950s, there were acknowledged this poet’s efforts to combine intellectual reflection and poetics of “cultural landscape”, full of glaring visual figures. Nyka-Niliūnas often cites authoritative figures of culture which are the inspirational source of his phenomenological thinking. Consciousness and memory in his texts are often described using visual metaphors as the plates of photonegative or the screen of cinema. Nyka-Niliūnas is faithful to the existentialist Weltanschauung, in his notes on vision and illusion there are obvious intersection and significant parallels of the immediate relationships with the “world of things” and philosophical reflection, phenomenological reduction.

  • Issue Year: 11/2009
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 60-67
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Lithuanian