Phytomorphic metaphors in reflecting the concept “woman” in Russian poetry

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


Vesntik TSU. Philology. 2014

Phytomorphic metaphors in reflecting the concept “woman” in Russian poetry

About the author:

Elena V. Kupchik, Dr. Sci. (Philol.), Professor, Department of Russian Language, University of Tyumen;


The article considers the realization of the metaphorical model “womanplant”, reflecting the culturally significant concept of “woman”. The article is based on a wide corpus of extracts from Russian poetry XVIII-XXI centuries, where comparisons between a woman and a plant are used as figures of speech. The juxtaposition is based on the traditional characteristics of a woman such as beauty, youth, freshness, tenderness, spring renewal. The peculiarities of the outer image are based on comparing a woman with a tree, with certain semantics being actualized. The most traditional, however, is the imaginative representation of a woman as an aesthetic object. These models show a woman’s weakness, the need of a man’s support through life. Poetry of XX-XXI centuries reassesses and develops traditional models, determined by the alteration of the traditional image of a woman, as well as by the tendencies of new poetics movements.


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