Introduction to the Poetry of Jeton Kelmendi by Lee Kuei-Shien (Taiwan)
On the main axis of one life in growing process, there are two opposite directions, namely retrospective and prospective. The circumstances of one’s living will clearly affect the attitudes toward the life, thoughts and philosophy, due to either smooth or troublesome in retrospect to the past and prospect to the future. Poets involve into the life with poetry, thus will inevitably look at the existence status and displacement on the two opposite directions of the life. Therefore, poetry is often based on nostalgia or memories, so as to raise comfort and hope.
The poetry creation of Kosovo poet Jeton Kelmendi has this kind of expression. On the one hand, he has experienced the sad history of his country and his family, and on the other hand, he has developed his academic achievements, so that make him able to investigate the being of life, to hunt/chase the meaning on the essence of love, and to think about the vision of future. His love includes love for the country, homeland, relatives and friends. His poetry reveals that the conflict in Kosovo at the end of the 20th century has caused an entanglement in the state of war, and after peace, recalls the sadness in that period.
At the end of the 20th century, the Kosovo war destroyed many families and caused many people homeless. In the beginning of 21st century, Kosovo became an independent state and moved toward a bright road. The turning point of the centuries has also become the turning point of the fortune of Kosovo. The poet Jeton Kelmendi also struggled from an exile, striving to become a famous scholar and poet. The individual life regains from the loss and resurrects from the death, correspondingly in relation to the progress of the nation.
In the poetry of Jetton Kelmendi, there are at once hot affective expression and cool rational analysis, there are also somewhat frustration in retrospective memories and still revealing optimistic expectations in the outlook. Lost then regained, destroyed then reborn, two parallel lines in public and private fields, respectively, go forward correspondingly. After the reestablishment of the country from sadness to beautiful vision, the thinking of the poet also displays a role in the cultivation of the soul toward the goodness in hunting the love.
March 8, 2018