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Inessa N. Korzhova 

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Inessa N. Korzhova — PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Moscow University for Industry and Finance “Synergy”, Leningradsky Ave, 80, 125190 Moscow, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6368-6888 E-mail: clean24@yandex.ru


Philological sciences




Vol. 63


pp. 221–233


December 03, 2020

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January 14, 2021

Date of publication

March 28, 2022



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The paper examines the poems of K. Simonov dedicated to the theme of friendship. They share high stability of semantics, leitmotif connections and speech embodiment. The strongest is the connection between the themes of friendship and death. It is not the community of views and similarity of characters, but the unity of trial by death, that constitutes the basis of comradeship. The act of dividing bread, less often beverage, is recurrent in the description of the life of friends. The stability of this component, its interpreting as an action that binds friendship, transfers it from the everyday plan to the ritual one and requires an appeal to the mythopoetic approach. The paper examines religious and folk variants of the rite of breaking bread and takes into account the reflection of this mythologeme in a Soviet poetry. We conclude that a poet does not reproduce any real rite, but uses a dominant in the folk consciousness connection of bread with a collective fate and lot. Friendship is conceived by Simonov as an introducing to a common destiny. This leads to the deindividualization of friends` image and the opposition of friendship to a personal category of love highlighted in a number of poems.


Simonov, friendship, lot, ritual, image of the house, breaking bread, doppelgangers, twin myth.


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