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Pushkin's Lyric Intelligence$
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Andrew Kahn

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234745

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234745.001.0001

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Body and Soul

Body and Soul

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(p.278) 8 Body and Soul
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Pushkin's Lyric Intelligence
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Andrew Kahn (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234745.003.0009

This chapter returns to the intersection of poetry and ideas. It refocuses on a theory of sensibility that is an important part of the pre-Romantic legacy of Pushkin's view of individual identity. In exploring the impact of materialist thought, it considers works that are not usually read together because they fall into separate thematic groupings. When seen as structural or stylistic invariants, Pushkin's motifs often seem static and suggest an apparent lack of development over the course of his career. This impression is illusory. We can better appreciate how his thinking evolves by seeing motifs in terms of ideas that are dynamic links between poems.

Keywords:   Pushkin, lyric poetry, feeling, passions, Lucretius, Voltaire, Diderot

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