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2014, iss. 36, pp. 81-94
article language: Serbian
document type: unclassified

Creation as a destiny: Phenomenon of creative process in the poem 'The Weaver' in the novel the Great Ahavski Square of Petar Sarić
Institute for Serbian Culture


Material and spiritual culture of Kosovo and Metohija (MESTD - 178028)


The motive of creative process is one of the general themes of literature by which writers from the area of Kosovo and Metohia were thematically closer to the parent literature of the central Serbia. The development of this motive is being accompanied in the paper by the two genres different achievements of one Kosovo-Metohian writer, Petar Sarić - in the poem' the Weaver' in the prologue of the novel the Great Ahavski Square. If 'the writer is the closest to the God' as Neo-Platonists, representatives of enthusiastic poetics claimed, so Sarić pursuant to this line was building his poems' the Weaver'. Weaving, that is creation, is not to be the choice for him but destiny. This is the necessity which is hunting the chosen ones to create, and by creating they are opposing to the finitude and mortality. Creation for Sarić is not the skill of writing but the one of living, due to which the writer, artist, is a priori ready to self-sacrifice, since behind him it will be something greater than himself. This kind of 'defiance' deity is becoming the creative credo due to the fact that there is no great progress without great opposition. In the prologue of the roman the Great Ahavski Square, Sarić, from his part, appoints metaphorically the creation as 'ahavic journey', but the essence of creative act understanding as determination itself, thus unconsent, which the individual, the elected one is carrying it from the birth, does not differ in its essence from poetic concept in the mentioned poem. It fits completely to the affirmation of K. G. Jung that the instinct of artistic creation, which emerges from the unconsent, is whimsical and arbitrary at the same time. The difference in this motive problemizing in the two mentioned Sarić's writings is recognized in a way that in the poem the poet is presented as the thief of divine work, promethean spirit paying a terrible penalty for it, while in the introduction of the novel, the writer is speaking less on the origin of artistic gift, and more on the price artist is paying for his talent.


Petar Sarić; 'the Weaver'; the Great Ahavski Square; poetry; creation; creative process; unconsent; divine