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And All the Worlds Will Have One Start … (Toward the Semantic Load of the Lexical Unit Love in the Poetry by A. Tolstoy)

Oleg Voronichev, Natalia Atamanova, Natalia Mospanova, Irina Strekalova


The purpose of this paper is to identify all possible meanings of the lexical unit love in the lyrical narrative by A. Tolstoy. The material for the study was the texts of lyrical and satirical works from the complete collection of poems by A.K. Tolstoy, St. Petersburg, 1984. Methods of research: contextual, semantic, component, linguostilistic and static analysis. The main theoretical source for the choice of methods of research of the author's material was the review-generalizing monograph “Russian author's lexicography of XIX-XX centuries”, Moscow, 2003. The methods of definition used in the Russian and foreign dictionaries of the writers ' language were also taken into account: “Pushkin's Dictionary”, “Dostoyevsky's Dictionary. Idioglossia”, “Dictionary of Goethe”, “Dictionary of Shakespeare”, etc. The study identified all the meanings of the word love in A. Tolstoy’s lyrics, taking into consideration their possible juxtapositions, semantic expansions and stylistic gradations. It has been determined that within the studied poetic texts by A. Tolstoy, the word love has a profound, divine and philosophical content attributable to the author’s fascination with cosmism that dominated his artistic mindset. The expressive semantic energy contained within the word love creates a push for the transformation of meanings and revelation of additional semantic nuances every word in the context of a poem. The study resulted in a new interpretation of the usage of the lexical unit love in the poet’s lyrical narrative used for the relevant entry in the soon-to-be-published A. Tolstoy’s Dictionary of Poetic Terms.

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