Journal of Danubian Studies and Research, Vol 5, No 2 (2015)

The Water Symbolism in the Poem “Memento Mori” by Eminescu

Elena Golovanova


The item is devoted to the research of a philosophical poem by M. Eminescu
“Memento mori” in connection with the related artistic and philosophic phenomena of the
national and European literatures. The article analyses the sociohonic poem “Memento mori”
which depicts the cyclicity of the human civilizations. The nascence of any civilization has in its
origin one of the basic elements, among which Water is paid particularly attention to. These
elements (Earth, Water, Fire) bearing material genesis combined with the Spirit are giving birth
to the civilization. In the poem “Panorama of Futility” extremely d iverse appears the imaging of
water symbols. In this case water, river, sea are integral part of Greece genesis. The image of
Water stands for the symbol of eternity. As another symbolic embodiment for Water river and
stream appear often in the work. A symbol of time flowing into eternity in the poem is the river


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