Poetical prediction of war

Marta Melnichuk

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During public readings, on the forums or on the pages in social networks the writers often retell amazed that they predicted events without conscientious realizing it.

The similar “poetical prediction” or “proactive reflection of reality” is not the new phenomena. There are a lot of explanations for this: neurophysiologic, textologic and other. An ability to predict future events has got name “prophitism” in some philosophical works. At first this term was used for religious texts, but later it was used for cultural texts as well.

As usual poetical prediction exists in 2 variants:

  • A poet predicts some socio-historical events;
  • A poet predicts events of his own life (removing, injury or even his death)

During the conversation about the poetry of war we discuss the first type and try to watch the mechanism of so called poetical texts` establishment. It is worth to notice that text becomes “oracular” not at once after writing, but only when the event, described in this text, had already happened. For a while text exists as “thing in itself”. It becomes “thing for something” only after placing it in the certain historical period of time (involving in some context). We have to imagine this text as a figure, which has its own wholeness. But it changes its primary function and instead of being single, becomes the part of the exposition.

In those texts the sign that had symbolic layers suddenly looses it and the text goes from one semantic field into another: from symbolic to literal or vice versa. What is happening in the conscientious of the recipient? Residing in historic surroundings person chooses from the endless quantity of appeared association the nearest one to some indifferent situations. Now we approach to examples of certain texts.

For the beginning we should analyze a text by Kostjantyn Moskalets “Stand up and leave”. The text by itself is a vision Apocalypses, means the text as “thing in itself” is already prophetic:

“An otiose candle was sparkling so long

The broken wings were burning out

The figures come from breaking speculum

And golden antimony cried aloud”

But after appearing in social networks on 30 of December (after beating students on Maidan), in this place and in this time this text expresses not the symbolic meaning, but literary. The authors of the article use photos from the scene to emphasize urgency of the text.

The majority of text-predictions, appeared during the war, works using this scheme – a text from one field of understanding goes to another.

Let`s analyze other text – the poem “Nadiya (Hope)” by Halyna Kruk. The author has written about this text on her page in Facebook: “When the last time I was reading a poem about the woman called Nadiya (Hope), somebody asked me if it`s dedicated to our heroic pilotess Nadiya Savchenko. Then I was thinking very deeply: for some reason the woman from my old poem about war has name Nadiya (Hope). Oh God, let all be well for this woman! Take care of her and all men on this impenetrable war that didn`t WE start!” Here we can notice the same method as in previous poem. But here the author repeats only one symbol, instead of reflecting the whole picture. In this poem we can trace interesting phenomena – in original text the woman called Nadiya (Hope) is already the personified reflection of human ability to hope – in text read after war this woman is a real person, but it is a symbol of hope to be free. That means the text goes through these phases: 1) metaphor 2) literary substantiation 3) and once more metaphor, moreover, the 2nd and the 3rd phases takes place simultaneously.

There are other texts, such as work written by Ivan Malkovich in 2008. The author always insists on its publishing with the map of Ukraine.

The text refers to civil lyrics. Actually, it is a description of Ukraine appealing to visual sense. The text is ended with the word: “I`m worry about your left paw”. We can see on the map that Crimea plays the role of the “left paw”. The reader called the text “a prediction of 2008”. But here we noticed different method from previous two. This text can exist only in one space. The concrete visual image doesn`t allow to recipient to find interpretation in different from authorial. “Poetical prediction” is here more like a forecast, made on the basis of historical past and certain political situation.