Volume 62-1 (2022)

N. V. Naumenko
Dr Hab., Prof. National University of Food Technologies, Kyiv


Scientific poetry is now asserted as the form of a poetic work in which the thought
reveals itself as an esthetic integrity of rational and irrational initials, and the
scientific component, in turn, determines the substance of the verse and thenceforth
the trend of a lyrical theme development. Ukrainian scientific poetry, dating back to
Ancient Rus period, obtained the new forms and sense at the end of the 19th century –
firstly, in Ivan Franko’s heritage. The author of this article made an attempt to
comprehend the formal and substantial characteristics of I. Franko’s poem ‘Mamopryrodo!..’ (‘You Mother Nature!..’) that belongs to the cycle ‘In the Plain Air’:
particularly, its composition and language are defined as the precedents to create the
novelty paradigm of the scientific research. In fact, the stanza division of the poem
appears to be correspondent to the novelty structure of any scientific article (including
such parts as Setting of the Problem, Analysis of the Latest Researches and
Publications, Purposes of the Work, Results and Discussions, Conclusions and
Recommendations). Prosodic elements (first of all, the free verse form and the shifts
in the rhythm of the speaker’s narration) are hence confirmed as the factors of
establishment of a creative contact with a recipient, the stimuli to the independent
cognition of the reality from the standpoint of terms borrowed from various sciences.
Sensory images, initially the essential source of the information about the
environment, scientific terminology as one of the ways to comprehend the world, and
philosophical notions as the results of cognition process are all implemented into freeverse form – condensed and otherwise open, in which the suggestive and artistic
potential of words gets realized due to the internal rhythm of the protagonist’s speech.
Key words: scientific poetry, Ivan Franko’s works, free verse, stanza, image,
meter, term.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17721/2520-6346.1(62).87-97


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