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With Homer and Mickiewicz (The Mickiewicz subtext in Aleksandr Pushkin’s late poetry)

Journal: Studia Humanitatis (Vol.2014, No. 2)

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Page : 3-3

Keywords : Pushkin; Homer; conversed; Mickiewicz subtext; digression; prophet; Ryleev; Oleszkiewicz;

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The standard theory is that the well known dialogue between the Russian and the Polish National Poets ended with Pushkin’s long narrative poem “The Bronze Horseman” and his poem “He lived among us”, but, in my view, the dialogue continued, at least from Pushkin’s side. The hypothesis that Mickiewicz and his long narrative poem entitled “Digression” (“Ustęp”), which is very critical of Russia, are addressed in Pushkin’s creative work of 1834-1836 offers new interpretative possibilities. Thus, the Mickiewicz subtext helps to clarify the issue of addressee of the poem “You conversed with Homer alone for a long time”. Pushkin chose a different point of view than in his poem “He lived among us” by emphasizing Homer, the Bible and the genius poetic perception.

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