The Tempestuous Conflict of the Elements in Baroque Poetry and Painting

  • Marlies Kronegger
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 23)


The Baroque poet’s voice owes its power to the fact that it arises from an introspective solitude that conjures up the universe so as to impose on it a human accent. What survives for us is a voice soaring towards the gods accompanied by the tireless orchestra of death. Without the word wind most Baroque poems would not exist for the word contains the notion of movement. What are the winds, but moving currents of air? When the winds fall silent, they cease to be. Baroque music, likewise, cannot exist without motion, for it is hard to conceive of an entire symphony composed of a single note or chord that never changes. The winds create the dramatic movement of the Baroque poem-symphony by carrying the reader from one geographical area to marvelous visions, from past to future, from despair to hope, from exile to a long-awaited return to the Fatherland.


Lightning Bolt Emotional Color Chaotic World Amorous Adventure Hostile Mood 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marlies Kronegger
    • 1
  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityUSA

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