Conjuring Life: Magic in the Poetics of Marina Tsvetaeva

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Tora Lane

Abstract

This article discusses the notion of magic in the poetics of Marina Tsvetaeva (1892–1941) against the backdrop of romanticism and Russian modernism. Magic is related to the poet’s explorations  of folklore,  and  also  to  Romantic,  symbolist  and  futurist  invocations  of  it. Concepts  of  magic  are central  to  Tsvetaeva’s  poetics;  she  considers  conjuration  to  be a  property  of  language  that facilitates  contact  with  the  demonic,  elemental  and  natural aspects of the world. These elemental aspects are not to be considered merely as the poet’s mythologisations of the world, but also as her reflections on the capacity of poetic language to speak of what is otherwise hidden in the world. 

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Lane, T. (2013). Conjuring Life: Magic in the Poetics of Marina Tsvetaeva. Poznańskie Studia Slawistyczne, (4), 239–251. https://doi.org/10.14746/pss.2013.4.17
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Poza tematem: rozprawy i szkice

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