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    STUDIA PHILOLOGIA - Issue no. 1-2 / 2002  

  Abstract:  The epic poetry of this 19. century poet is one of the most interesting, most complex phenomena of the Hungarian literature. He turns towards the past so stubbornly that at first sight he seems to be an unshakable Conservative. In the middle of the century, in the time of Baudelaire the poet from Nagyszalonta turns back from time to time to the big form, to the epic poetry, to the extremely important literary genres of the European literature. He chooses from the possibilities offered by the classical epopee of Homer of the archaic heroic poetry, of the ballads, the comic epic and the novel in verse, uses their peculiarities and finds new perspectives in their poetical way of thinking. On the other hand this conservatism proves to be a creative force in his important works bringing novelty and new shapes to them. He introduces subtle changes, extends the possibilities and gives new characteristics to these literary genres which bring them closer to the problems of the modern world. In the literary forms used by him in fact it is the modern man who has the central role, the man who feels that safety, firmness and the chance of future are threatened. In his great epic poems there are to be found basically two ways of presenting the situation, of handling the problems, of giving artistic answers. His archaic-holistic works claim the right to create an artistic anti-world.  
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