The Role of Rhythm and Metre in the Style and Genre Formation in B. Rachmanin’s Prose

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The issues of rhythm and metre in prose of 1960-1970s reflect the experiments of young writers not only within the form. The search for new genres and ways of expressing new content are diverse. The article deals with literary works by Boris Leonidovich Rachmanin, the author of poetry collections, stories, screenwriter, who boldly created a new internal form of his works using both possibilities of meter and rhythm in his prose, which was different from the works of his predecessors in the Silver Age or those who worked in the Russian diaspora. The analysis of works A Letter, The Action Takes Place on the Other Planet and others shows the functional potential of special rhythm and melody of prose in the individual style of the writer and also outlines semasiological approaches in the analysis of a literary work in general. Comparison of literary works by B. Rachmanin with the works by A. Bely or I.A. Bunin as his predecessors and Yustinas Martsinkevichus as his contemporary author gives an idea of the tradition Rachmanin inherited and the cultural style of the epoch in which the writer worked.

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Petimat Sh. Tsurueva

Moscow Pedagogical State University

Author for correspondence.

postgraduate student, Department of Russian Literature of the 20-21 centuries

1 Malaya Pirogovskaya St, bldg 1, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation

Irina G. Mineralova

Moscow Pedagogical State University


Doctor of Philology, Professor, Department of Russian Literature of the 20-21 centuries

1 Malaya Pirogovskaya St, bldg 1, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation


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