A Semiotic Study of the Selected Poetry of Akhavan Sales

Document Type : Research Paper



Semiotics is broadly conceived of as the science of signs which deals with a wide variety of fields and scopes of thoughts, utilizing its own rubrics and principles. It is not exclusively confined to literature, but rather is applied to examine and analyze a wide array of texts and contexts. However, the semiotics of poetry which is the principal concern of the present study, in terms of its aesthetic message and its latent inner artistic codes, enjoys a notoriously complex semiotic system.The present article is a semiotic approach on two select poems by Akhavan Sales: “Angaah Pas az Tondar” (Thus, after Thunder) and “Geseye Share Sangestan” (The Tale of the Sangestan City). The poet is both the creator and innovator of signs and it is via these signs and existing inner relationships that meaning is conveyed to the reader. The kind of signs applied in these poems, their structural organizations, their syntagmatic and paradigmatic relationships and the deft arrangement and assimilation of poetic images by the poet all together are targeted toward a poetic unity, enabling the poet to suggest and evoke his own sensual-psychological experience in the reader.