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The Nature of Sacrifice in Botev’s Poetry


Authors:
Sirma Danova St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Pages: 131-146

Abstract:

The present study explores two martyrological poems by HristoBotev – “The Hanging of Vasil Levski” and “Hadji Dimitar”. Both works are thought of as scenes of sacrifice. In Botev’s poetry it is only in these two works that a landscape, with a sacrificial crisis in its centre, appears. The sacrifice is represented as an event of significant and notable importance to the community. In “Hadji Dimitar”, however, nature takes the place of the community. I focus on the agrarian substrate of the poem in relation to its mythological potential. Botev provides two different models of consecration: Judeo-Christian (“The Hanging of Vasil Levski”) and pagan (“Hadji Dimitar”). Ultimately, the author invents the landscape of a modern sacrifice, based on an anarchistic sensitivity, while indirectly including himself in that same landscape.

Keywords:

sacrifice, community, nature, mythology, anarchism

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