“Keep silence to poetry”: “silence” in M.S. Petrovykh’s life and writing

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The motive and image o “silence” in M.S. Petrovykh’s lyrics is connected with her poetic worldview, understanding of the creative nature and social reality. Image “silence” defines the lyrical plot of the conceptual poem “One thing I want to say to poets...”. The poem reveals the type of creative and life behavior that the author professes. One the basis of some biographical facts of M. Petrovykh, which are confirmed in verse, the lexical and semantic level of poems in which the image and motive “silence” are presented is analyzed in this paper. “Silence” was the theme not only of M. Petrovykh, A. Akhmatova, but also of other writers of the era of the 1930s and 1950s, which is due to the atmosphere of the time. External and internal censorship dictated the style of behavior. But the poet must get to the hard core of what is happening and recreate the true reality, write the truth. The meaning of “keep silence to poetry” is precisely this. This is not just an aphorism, but the meaning of genuine creativity.


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Wang Mengjiao

Moscow Pedagogical State University

Author for correspondence.
Email: 1374786758@qq.com
1 Malaya Pirogovskaya St, bldg. 1, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation

Ph.D. student of Department of Russian Literature of 20-21 Centuries, Institute of Philology

Tatiana A. Ponomareva

Moscow Pedagogical State University

Email: taponomareva@mail.ru
1 Malaya Pirogovskaya St, bldg. 1, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation

Doctor of Philology, Professor, Department of Russian Literature of 20-21 Centuries, Institute of Philology

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