The category of space and time in the 1870s lyrics of V. S. Solovyov

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


2019, Vol. 5. №1

The category of space and time in the 1870s lyrics of V. S. Solovyov

For citation: Cherkasova E. A. 2019. “The category of space and time in the 1870s lyrics of V. S. Solovyov”. Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates, vol. 5, no 1, pp. 114-128. DOI: 10.21684/2411-197X-2019-5-1-114-128

About the author:

Ekaterina A. Cherkasova, Cand. Sci. (Philol.), Senior Lecturer, Department of Russian and Foreign Literature, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tyumen;


The article is devoted to the consideration of the categories of space and time in the 1870s lyric texts of V. S. Solovyov. The poems of this period are first examined from the point of view of the space-time organization. The analysis of sixteen original lyrical poems of this period makes it possible to identify patterns in the designation of time, as well as to formulate the basic connections of certain spatial points in lyrical texts. The main themes of the lyrics of this period are described. In this paper, as an assumption, the idea is expressed that the lyrics of this period indicates the structure of the topos, which is translated into the poetry of the 1880-1890s. An illustrative description of individual motifs is given, for a fuller disclosure of which the article also includes texts that go beyond the framework of the research. Thus, the potential for duplicating space is to be found in the reflection motif, which appears in several lyrical texts and, in a special way, forms the space of the 1870s lyrical poetry of V.  S.  Solovyov. In the examples under consideration, this motive is a double image, somewhat distorted during transmission in space, and something that has been changed on the earth. It is associated with the vertical spatial organization of each text, the interaction schemes of the two spaces are described. In the Solovyov approach to the design of the lyrical space of the 1870s texts, one can trace the presence of some of his philosophical ideas, reflected in prose. Thereby V. S. Solovyov builds his own myth in poetry, oriented toward the mysterial transformation of reality by a lyrical subject. The article establishes relationship between time and space of the lyrical texts of the specified period, determines the nature of this relationship as shaping the ideal world, similar to the real and at the same time significantly different from the one where the lyrical persona is located. The connecting elements of lyrical chronotopes are shown. The nature of the lyrical chronotope, which documents the philosophical views of V. S. Solovyov on the world order in the lyrical text is identified.


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