In literature, irony is considered one of the main features which gives a sense of authenticity and its origins enables it to be associated with a certain amount of intellectuality and a highly educated spirit. There are two main types of irony which are to be found in literature, romantic irony and postmodern irony and these forms lay at the very core of Mihai Eminescu’s and Marin Sorescu’s works, respectively. It is the same device that unites the writings of the two authors, but their characteristics are completely different, the romantic irony is the essence of Eminescu’s poems and the postmodern irony is the fundamental device in Sorescu’s poetry. In the present paper, we have tackled on notions of self-irony, ironist and ironic attitude, key words which can be found in relation to both types of irony. The approach is based on a dichotomic perspective from which we have analyzed the romantic and the postmodern irony, trying to highlight their main features by analyzing the work of the two poets.
Simina Lazăr holds a BA in English and Romanian Language and Literature (2022) from the Ştefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Romania.