The article is devoted to the problem of proper names use in baroque poetry.
Using the examples drawn from the poetry written in two Indo-European languages
belonging to different groups, we come to conclusions about functioning
of names in the poetry of baroque epoch. Proper names, or poetonyms, which is
a term designating proper names of a literary text, either form poetonym oppositions
being a part of antithesis characteristic to the literature of this literary movement,
or they become a means of onymic play, i.e. names are used as an element
of decoration, a part of a game with the reader, a stylistic device to make high
genres more accessible to a wide public. Proper names in baroque poetry used in
the second function make the baroque movement closer to the postmodernism,
which is similarly characterized by domination of game.
Keywords: proper name, poetonym, baroque, postmodernism, game, poetry.