The Easter theme in the poetry of Sasha Chorny Cover Image

Пасхальная тема в поэзии Саши Черного
The Easter theme in the poetry of Sasha Chorny

Author(s): Marina A. Zhirkova
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Russian Literature, Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919), Interwar Period (1920 - 1939), Migration Studies, Theory of Literature
Published by: Петрозаводский государственный университет
Keywords: Sasha Chorny; Easter theme; satire; irony; image; lyrical character; recollection; Russian literature abroad;

Summary/Abstract: This article analyses the peculiarities of evolution of the Easter theme in the poems of Sasha Chorny. In his early period of the creative work (1904–1918) the poetry take a satirical form: the poet points out the loss of the sacred significance of the celebration of Easter (the poem “Easter Сhimes”, “Holiday” (“General of Vodka…”), “Prazdnik” (“Bright Hyacinths, Hyacinths Spicy…”), “Legend”). During the period of emigration (1920–1932) of Sasha Chorny focuses on the prose, the genre of the Easter story appears. The Easter theme continues to develop in the poetry, whose keynote implicates joy and sadness (“Easter in Gatchina”, “To Little Friend”). The sadness is caused by homesickness. Recollections about the past and children, his little friends, help the author and his lyrical heroes overcome the pain of separation. The holiday brings a serene joy, comfort and spiritual transformation, hope for a miracle, the most important of which is return of the Motherland.

  • Issue Year: 15/2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 107-121
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Russian