Mythical images in Kristijonas Donelaitis’ The Seasons: birds
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Dainius Razauskas
Published 2016-01-18
https://doi.org/10.15388/Litera.2014.1.9775
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How to Cite

Razauskas D. (2016) “Mythical images in Kristijonas Donelaitis’ The Seasons: birds”, Literatūra, 56(1), pp. 7-20. doi: 10.15388/Litera.2014.1.9775.

Abstract

The article deals with the traditional (folkloric, mythological) images of birds in Kristijonas Donelaitis’ The Seasons, mainly in the first part, “Spring Joys”. The article consists of three sections: the first deals with lines 1.107–108 and 142–144 of The Seasons, which refer to the folkloric imitation of nightingales; second — lines 1.111–114 and 127–130 (taking into account 1.80–84 and 98–104), where the nightingale is compared to sparrows, while the singing nightingale is an equivalent to the būrai (Krizas) worshiping God; third — lines 1.155–201, where Donelaitis describes the election of the “bird king”. All of these topics are folkloric, and the latter two have direct links with mythology.
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