Stylistic interpretations: Danijel Dragojević – Mak Dizdar

Journal of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, No. 5, 2012

Original scientific paper

Joško Božanić ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Split, Croatia 

pages 5-25

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The article presents stylistic interpretations of the poetry of two representative contemporary poets, one Croatian and the other Bosnian-Herzegovinian. The aim of the paper is to find the key to the stylistic interpretation that would enable discovering the fundamental characteristics of the author’s style and provide an insight into the deep structures of literature via analysis of literary language. Therefore, a linguistic stylistic analysis is performed, one that investigates the intensification of language on the levels of phonetics, morphology, syntax, lexis and semantics. A specific
interpretative approach is taken in the stylistic interpretation of each chosen poem. The author has interpreted five poems by Danijel Dragojević so as to discover the essential value of his poetics. The interpretations have demonstrated shared stylistic features between the five selected poems, such as a narrative quality of the poetic
discourse and scarcity of poetisms. The poetry of Mak Dizdar is represented with two poems from the poetry collection Kameni spavač: Zapis o štitu and Zapis o zemlji. The author detects the archaic quality of Dizdar’s poetic discourse, inspired by the inscriptions on the medieval tombstones (stećci) pertaining to the Christian Bosnian Church.


Bosnian-Herzegovinian poetry; Croatian poetry; Danijel Dragojević; Mak Dizdar; stylistics; stylistic interpretation