Between history and myth, set against a definite time and place and soaring up towards timeless heights to express eternal truths of the spirit and its works, The Ballad of the Argesh Monastery or of Master Manole is endowed with that strange and fruitful ambiguity of the great creations handed down to us by the ancient world. A production of the peoples' voice, as Herder would have said, it explains, for the remote time of traditional wisdoms, in art images, the truths of creative process; it sets, like an impressive model, valid for the whole Balkan area, the archetypal impulses of those participating in the noble game of construction. What was a bridge with the Greeks or the Serbians, the object of construction in the Romanian version of the ballad is a monastery, a masterpiece of architecture, erected for pure worship or to the memory eternal of the patron, he himself the legendary founder of the country. It deals with the feudal competition between the one who orders and patronizes the building ad majorem Dei gratiam , but also meant to enhance his glory and sometimes even his vainglory, and the one who, more often than not anonymous and forgotten, fulfils the actual ritual of construction. Who can yet remember now the forgotten artist of those unforgettable arks, in whose pious minds were engraved the compelling commands of the genius? Who can yet discern, beneath the rustling of that forest of hands which a French art historian could almost see and hear, in the proud structures of the medieval churches, the simple sound of the man who drew the plan? Paul Claudel, in the verses of his plaintive style like a litany, spoke of the sacrificial fate of the most outstanding masters who would wed suffering in order to carry on with endeavour the ruthless toil of achieving beauty.
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Lucian Blaga was a commanding personality of the Romanian culture of the interbellum period. He was a philosopher and writer highly acclaimed for his originality, a university professor and a diplomat. He later described his early childhood, in the autobiographical The Chronicle and the Song of Ages , as "under the sign of the incredible absence of the word". At the outbreak of the First World War , he began theological studies at Sibiu , where he graduated in He published his first philosophy article on the Bergson theory of subjective time.
Lucian Blaga (romeno: [lut?i?an ?bla?a] (ouvir); Lancram, 9 de Maio de 6 de Maio de . - Daria, A Escritura, A Ressurreicao; - Manole Artesao (Mesterul Manole); - a Cruzada das Criancas; - Avram Iancu .
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Although the popular text has several variants, because the author is anonymous, and the ballad was transmitted orally from generation to generation, the one published by Alecsandri is consecrated in literary form. The artistic value of these folk creations was - probably - the reason for which Alecsandri placed at the beginning of the collection of popular "gems" a quotation which became renowned: "The Romanian is born a poet".