Chinese Text in a Poem by N. Gumilyov

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The article considers N. Gumilev’s poem “The Moon at Sea” from the cycle “Porcelain Pavilion”. New in the work is the interpretation of the poem, the identification and explanation of the Chinese realities of N. Gumilev’s poetic text. Revealed the original texts, which became the basis for the creation of N. Gumilev’s poem “The Moon on the Sea”, considered a version of the poem, preserved in the poet’s manuscript. The author’s reasoning and conclusions are based on critical research, which compares two cultures. The analysis of N. Gumilev’s poem is carried out in the semantic aspect using the search for textual parallels. Interpretation of N. Gumilev’s poem “The Moon on the Sea” allows, on the other hand, to approach the world outlook of the Silver Age culture, explains the genesis of the image of China in N. Gumilev’s poetry.

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Alexander G. Kovalenko

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6747-285X

Doctor of Philology, Professor, Head of the Department of Russian and Foreign Literature

10/2 Miklukho-Maklaya St, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation

Polina V. Porol

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6706-4533

Research Assistant, Department of Russian and Foreign Literature

10/2 Miklukho-Maklaya St, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation


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