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Ekaterina Arefeva
Mythosemantics of the Images of the Natural World in the Poetry of the "Senior Symbolists"
Philology
(Bachelor’s programme)
2018
Mythological images and motifs occupy an important place in the work of the symbolists. The usage, reconstruction and transformation of myths are inherent in symbolism as a direction because mythologism and neomythologism in the symbolists’ works largely depended on the study of myths and symbols. As A. Hansen-Löve writes, the symbolists were thoroughly aware of the structure of different mythological systems (A. Hansen-Löve, 1999). Furthermore, the appeal to the myth was associated with a certain perception of the world because the symbolists sought in the myth the highest expression of the symbol, the universal method of artistic generalization.

Nature has a special meaning for mythological consciousness because it is represented as spiritualized, the vital essence or the embodiment of the divine / devilish (supernatural) essence. After the process of close-reading of the symbolists’ poetry it transpired that the natural images are often represented through the prism of the mythological consciousness, which discerns in them “realiora”, the existence of higher powers. In this way, the natural world is a special autonomous world of entities and the symbolists found the key to it in myths.

The novelty of the work is to consider the neomythological approach in the lyrics of the "senior" Symbolists, which is devoted to a small number of works, as well as images of the natural world through the prism of the author's mythological consciousness.

One of the most widescale neomifological processes, which stands out in the poetry of the "senior" Symbolists, is the re-creation of mytho-syncretic structures of thinking that is associated with a special perception of the natural world in their poetry. Mythological consciousness is widely involved in the description and explanation of the surrounding natural world that is discussed in detail in this research.

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