The image of the moon in K. D. Balmont’s poetry


Based on the works of K. D. Balmont, the article analyzes the image of the moon in terms of poetics and functions, revealing the features of its poetic embodiment and symbolic content. The article also deals with its artistic and semantic implementation and describes the features of objectification of its symbolic and figurative-associative attributes. By means of identifying the leading motifs, associated with the image of the moon, the author describes its individual semantic scope in Balmont’s idiostyle. The paper reveals the significance of the image of the moon in the artistic picture of the poet's world and concludes that the moon is one of the central system-forming elements of Balmont’s lyric poetry. It is filled with rich philosophical and symbolic content (it is the basic element of the cosmogonic picture of the world that expresses the implication of the transcendent being and correlates with most important metaphysical attributes (eternity, infinity, silence, universal beauty, etc.)). In the works of K. D. Balmont, the moon has a deep mytho-epic meaning. It is the result of the artistic synthesis of various archaic representations, refracted through the prism of the author's worldview, occupying an important place in the philosophical-pantheistic conception of the world created by the poet.


Key words: 

image, moon, poetic symbol, poetic language, K. D. Balmont.

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