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The Phenomenon of Pushkin and Russia's Historical Fortunes (part 2)


Drama is a conflict protracted in time, therefore Pushkin's lyrical poetics is not an act reflecting a moment, but a process going on in time and understandable only in terms of that time. Moreover, man's subject-object attitude towards being, deriving from his alienation from God, provides the soil on which lyrical verse grows and thrives, while Pushkin's lyrics experiences the very phenomenon of such attitude towards being and eternity as a tragedy-and that is the basis of his poetics. Basically, Kireevsky was right about Pushkin: his lyrical "I" strives to overcome lyrical subjectivity or, to be more precise, subjective attitude towards being as an object; it strives to overcome lyrical alienation from the times (for the sake of local, transient moment) and see itself in the universal time, as an actor in the general drama of human existence, bearing responsibility before eternity. With a certain degree of assumption we can assert that the poetics of Pushkin's lyrical verse follows the laws of the drama (hence frequent intrusions of dialogue into his lyrical poems, such as "The Poet's Conversation with a Bookseller", "A Scene from Faust", "The Hero", to name a few.)

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