Manifesto and Poetry

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Atatürk Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi, no.66, pp.451-465, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


Manifesto has been one of the popular genres since its first examples in the 17th century. Its main function is to stimulate new ideas and form a guide to actualize these ideas and ambitions alike. Manifestoes have been investigated focusing on style, type, genre, etc. However, the relation between manifesto and poetry has not attracted much attention. Firstly, the manifesto’s argumentative utterance and poetry’s poetical verbalization posit them in the realm of discursive and rhetorical representations as both convey thoughts of an initiator to an audience. Moreover, the archaic modes of manifesto as a public declaration and the antique fashion of poetry as a shared experience owe much to orality and performance. This paper aims to give a brief history of manifesto and by setting a prime focus on the modernist manifestoes, it will present the analogies in manifesto and poetry and highlight the functional capacity of poetry in manifesto tradition.