Seifert'S Necessity Of Pathos And A Lyrical State Of Mind

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Seifert's Necessity of Pathos and a Lyrical State of Mind Czechoslovakian, Jaroslav Seifert describes poetry as the voice of his nation. After great loss, deterioration and deprivation of their culture and political independence in his country, the Czech people turned toward language and the art of poetry to express their national identity. Seifert explains that, " Despite all external restrictions and censorship, poetry succeeded in creating values that gave people hope and strength" (para. 5). The language of poetry, in times of political restriction, became "a deputy language, a substitute language,a language of necessity" (para. 6), poetic rendering became the simplest and sometimes the only way to express how they felt, to conceal from unauthorized eyes.When in other countries, people were seeking refuge in religion and clergy or from the mass media and journalists, Czechoslovakia found their refuge in their poets and lyrists. The image and fate of their country were shaped by the words and thoughts of the poets presented to them. Although this nation had lyricism and poetry to guide and defend them, the Czech poet was really worried about "a possible or real lack of pathos" ( para. 11). Without pathos, humans would not be able to achieve anything in their existence, and according to Seifert, you need to respect and learn from pathos to get farther in all aspects of your life. Seifert describes pathos as " a dramatic state of tension, a purposeful, energetic and resolute will, a yearning...for justice, for truth"(para.11). Seifert continues to emphasize the advantages of pathos by explaining that truth does not prevail without pathos, and that pathos even transform failures into an event that will move towards its goals that were to be achieved, for that one day it will conquer its goals. Furthermore Seifert explains that once you are

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