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The Poet and the Patriarch: Osip Mandelʼštamʼs Poem “Kto znaet, možet bytʼ ne chvatit mne sveči…”
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
2012 (English)In: Russian literature, ISSN 0304-3479, E-ISSN 1878-3678, Vol. 71, no 1, 35-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Among the most remarkable coincidences of 1917 were the simultaneous Bolshevik coup and the meetings of the All-Russian Church Council. In November Tikhon was elected Patriarch. Mandelʼštamʼs poem “Kto znaet, mozhet bytʼ ne khvatit mne svechi…” is a response to these events.

A complex web of images, such as a mitre, light, incense, poppies, is examined that links the poet and the patriarch, equating the formerʼs vulnerability with the newly elected latterʼs precarious situation. A discussion of the manuscript and first publication of the poem further links it to the political reality. Its most salient meaning has to do with the poetʼs mission, compared to that of the patriarch in a Russia on the brink of disintegration.

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2012. Vol. 71, no 1, 35-52 p.
Keyword [en]
Mandelʼshtam, Patriarch Tikhon, 1917
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Languages and Literature
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Slavic Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-84703DOI: 10.1016/j.ruslit.2012.04.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-84703DiVA: diva2:581269
Available from: 2012-12-30 Created: 2012-12-30 Last updated: 2017-11-03Bibliographically approved

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