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The poetry of poverty: 'Poėma Lestnicy' by Marina Cvetaeva
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9672-7586
2013 (English)In: Russian literature, ISSN 0304-3479, E-ISSN 1878-3678, Vol. 73, no 4, 591-617 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article presents a reading of Marina Tsvetaeva's 'Poema lestnitsy' (1926) as a critique of the reifying ontology of modern society. The back staircase of the poor becomes the locus of a burning lyrical revolt by the elemental nature of things against their objectifying use. I argue that the poem's social and lyrical pathos was inspired by Vladimir Maiakovskii's 'Oblako v shtanakh' (1914-1915), but that the theme may also be related to a Modernist ontological debate. The poem presents a metapoetic image of the elemental, non-reifiable poetic world and its resistance to commodification.

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2013. Vol. 73, no 4, 591-617 p.
Keyword [en]
'Poema lestnitsy', Heidegger, Maiakovskii, Marina Tsvetaeva, Sublime
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Critical and Cultural Theory; Baltic and East European studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-20514DOI: 10.1016/j.ruslit.2013.05.006ISI: 000320841300006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84878589715OAI: diva2:678670
Available from: 2013-12-12 Created: 2013-12-12 Last updated: 2016-10-06Bibliographically approved

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