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Olga M. Humeniuk

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Olga M. Humeniuk — DSc in Philology, Professor, Crimean Engineering and Pedagogical University, Uchebnyi line 8, 295015 Simferopol, Crimea, Russia. E-mail: uakafedra@mail.ru


Philological sciences




Vol. 53


pp. 115–123


November 05, 2019

Date of publication

September 28, 2019

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The emigrant song occupies a special place in the genre variety of Ukrainian folklore. Actively developing since the end of the 19th century until now, it continues in keeping up the traditions of the folk social and common lyrics of the previous ages and at the same time is open to dynamic realities of the contemporary time. As a relatively new phenomenon, emigrant song is less studied comparing with other forms of the song folklore. The article attempts to sum up appropriate observations of the previous researchers and to determine the genre-stylistic specific of the Ukrainian folk emigrant song. Popular emigrant song is, first of all, a peculiar form of the folklore social and everyday life lyric poetry, which is rather close to the historical song. It is based on the deep feelings of people, put, as the merciless fate willed, through the extreme life circumstances. The emotional intensity is the dominant within the style structure of emigrant song. Here epic as well as dramatic aspects (special plots, panoramas, conflict situations) play the vital role. The examples of the emigrant song lyrics can be often compiled into separate thematic cycles, reflecting in different aspects the troublesome vicissitudes of life those who had to leave homes and loved ones. The lyrical pathos, emotional intenseness, meditative reflectivity and epical sublimity of the emigrant songs often take on a religious overtone. An extreme, often naturalistically determined everyday life features, documentary feeling, characteristic of the emigrant song (for example, clear image details, abundance of toponyms, dialectic words and phrases) is blended in harmoniously with traditional poetic means, such as psychological parallelism, picturesque metaphoricity, pithy symbolism. 


Ukrainian folklore, emigrant song, poetics, genre and style specific.


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