Ironic Pathos of a letter in Romanticism

Keywords: Romantic period, letter of Romanticism, irony, ironic pathos.


The article is devoted to the analysis of Ukrainian Romantic epistolary poetry heritage. The study of the national Romantic epistolary heritage gives the ground to suggest that a Romantic letter was characterized by ironic pathos. The usage of irony approaches in an epistolary text by Romantic addressees was due to the theory of romantic irony that was inspired by Socrates’ irony and developed by representatives of Jena school of Romanticism. For romantics the irony was «manifestation of spirit freedom», «specific show of romantic objectivism» «subjective artist’s own creations». (М.Palasiuk), that was due to romanticism esthetic and especially to romantic order for creative freedom. With the help of romantic irony these artists tried to save human’s personality under the conditions of pressure to grade the conditions of social reality. The means of irony that lead to «the background» transfer and «Aesop’s speech» show that the romantics seemed to isolate themselves from reality assertive and that ironic passages were only creators’ phenomena who were trying to express boundlessness of his spiritual «I» fully. The article highlights the point that on the basis of Slavic literatures the romantic irony actually did not gained the popularity as the popularity of German and other western cultures. The reasons are in dependent, colonial status of the Slavic nations of that time that were made to appeal to national sources. Under those conditions the ironic intonations were displaced with more actual for that time national and liberation rhetoric and pathos of struggle for national rights. It is pointed out, that Ukrainian tradition of
romantic irony had besides all-European also own national development sources. Here we talk about national folklore curiosity culture and about
traditions of Ukrainian Baroque in the first line about burlesque and travesty in particular of epistolary literature of the 16th – 18th centuries, which characteristic was the ironic world’s attitude.


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Author Biography

Oksana Svyrydenko, Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi Hryhorii Skovoroda State Pedagogical University

Ph. D. in Philology,
Assistant Professor

How to Cite
Svyrydenko, O. (2019). Ironic Pathos of a letter in Romanticism. Theoretical and Didactic Philology, (30), 62-72. Retrieved from