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Irina P. Zaitseva

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Irina P. Zaitseva — DSc in Philology, Professor, Vitebsk State P. M. Masherov University, Moskovsky Ave., 210038 Vitebsk, Republic of Belarus.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4659-0929
E-mail: irinazaj91@mail.ru 


Philological sciences




Vol. 64


pp. 227–238


April 24, 2020

Approved after reviewing

June 25, 2020

Date of publication

June 28, 2022



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The paper analyzes the principles of introducing in lyrical contexts (in individual author’s interpretation) of the images of magic birds, representing one of the sectors of the East Slavic mythological space: images of Sirin and Alkonost. Based on the material of lyric works of a number of authors of the twentieth century. (B. K. Semenov, V. A. Rozhdestvensky, M. Vega) the study demonstrated how poets develop the tradition of a “twofold” (in their close relationship) understanding of these images, laid down by the lyrics of A. Blok, which, in turn, goes back to ideas formed over a long period of time in a linguistic picture of the world of the Eastern Slavs. In keeping with this tradition, Sirin and Alkonost symbolize opposite states of the human soul, which the representative of the Slavic culture often experiences as interacting inextricably, complementing and conditioning each other. The development of this tradition by lyricists of the twentieth century is carried out in accordance with an individual author's way, which in each case gives the lyrical work a conceptual aesthetic and linguistic-stylistic originality. It appears that the results obtained represent an interest for further research both in the field of stylistics of artistic speech as in the field of ethnolinguistics.


ethnolinguistics, mythological image, lyrical structure, precedent name, semantic potential, composition.


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