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A.M. Gorky Institute
of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

IWL RAS Publishing

A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Povarskaya 25a, 121069 Moscow, Russia



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Lidiia I. Sazonova, DSc in Philology, Director of Research, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25A, bld. 1, 121069 Moscow, Russia.


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The article examines the perception of poets of the 20th century, namely Sergey Esenin and Nikolay Klyuev, of “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign” and the artistic impact of the ancient poem on their aesthetic views and creativity. It reflects motifs, images, realities, lines, reminiscences, echoes, retelling of fragments of the ancient poem. As a rich resource of poetic language and a source of artistic images, the “The Tale of Igor’s Campain” is used by the authors in the role of pretext, subtext, metatext in order to create a new artistic reality. In Esenin’s theoretical reflection “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign” is also a highly authoritative work for judgement on the origin of verbal art, style, and their connection with everyday life. The artistic impulses emanating from “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign” were captured by his work in different genres: poems, lyrical poems, articles and letters. Along with “The Tale of Igor’s Campain,” a special stylistic layer of poetic language, associated with the vocabulary of peasant life and dialectisms, also receives actualization. In the work of Klyuev “The Tale…” serves as a source of folk poetics. Both poets paid tribute to neomythologism. Interest in “The Tale of Igor’s Campain” became especially keen at critical and historically important moments in the life of the country: the First World War, the 1917 revolution, the Civil War. In Klyuev’s work “The Tale…” enters into poetic contexts that convey the tragic feeling caused by the changes in the early 1930’s in Russia.

  • Keywords: Esenin, Klyuev, “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign,” poetic language, semantics, neomythologism, reminiscences.


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