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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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About the author:

Tatyana M. Zhaplova (Orenburg, Russia), DSc in Philology, Professor, Head of Department of journalism, Orenburg State University.

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-0278-5852.

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The article deals with I.A. Bunin’s early lyrics, options for its subject detailing and features of its functioning. The author traces the development of the estate image in the poems of 1887–1891 — from landscape sketches to everyday genre sketches from the life of a young landowner who is immersed in the atmosphere of the Russian “noble nest”. In Bunin’s interpretation, the estate setting acquires more and more specific features, while being filled with a special meaning and evoking special emotions of the lyric hero, who remembers what he saw and experienced, thanks to the bright details of the objective or natural world. Focusing on one or two miserly signs of the landowner’s life, the author traces how at first without going into details and balancing between romantic and realistic imagery, Bunin in the first poeticbook “Poems of 1887–1891” (1891) departs from the canons in creating landscape and philosophical lyrics and recreates a different mythologeme — the estate. The transformation of the image was facilitated by further enriching the context with details-lists of accessories of noble life and their strengthening in the poems of the 1890s–1900s with details that excessively characterize not only the life, but also the worldview or psychological state of the lyric hero, who is set up for active, conscious participation in what is happening on the territory of his ancestral “nest”.

  • Keywords: lyrics, detail, image, estate, space, landscape, interior, motif, attribute.


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