Comparative history of Slavic literatures by Dmitrij Čiževskij

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Curtius has convincingly demonstrated. In classicism they have a different structure and function from those in baroque. In renaissance and classicist literature catalogues are generally meaningfully constructed enumerations of related objects, but in baroque and modern literature the function of catalogues is often to surprise the reader by a juxtaposition of unrelated objects. Baroque sermons include such lists, full of disorder, often ironic; and lists can be found in the works of poets, satirists, even philosophers (see J.

This "Slavophile'' spirit has been objectively conditioned and subjectively motivated in different ways; it has assumed various forms and led to various results. It has often been a confessional consciousnessCatholic, Greek-Orthodox, or Protestantand has had the missionary aim of excluding Slavs of a different faith from the unity of Slavs. Many Russian Slavophiles objected for a time to including Poles Page 14 in the unity of Slavs and saw in their dependence on Catholicism a betrayal of the Slavsthey had forgotten that Czechs, Slovaks, Croats, and Slovenes are also Catholic.

Later it becomes a witness of love scenes or of sadness and grief. " Modern poets view the moon differently. " The moon is the queen (lunafeminine), not only of the night, but of human destiny. " One finds all of this in the Russian symbolist V. Brjusov. " One finds all of this in the like-minded poets Brjusov and K. Bal'mont. " One finds this in the Russian. Symbolist A. Blok. In the postsymbolist poet S. " He sees the moon as "an egg," "a hat," "a comb" that cards the clouds, as "a piece of cheese," "a loaf of bread" (kovriga) or as "a round cake baked by the Mother of God" (kolobok), a "shepherd's horn" or a vessel, also in the shape of a horn, from which drops of oil are poured.

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