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Simeon Polotskii and the origins of the Russian tradition of the writer as Prophet

Davidson, P; (2017) Simeon Polotskii and the origins of the Russian tradition of the writer as Prophet. Modern Language Review , 112 (4) pp. 917-952. 10.5699/modelangrevi.112.4.0917. Green open access

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Abstract

This article reconstructs a neglected early stage in the formation of the Russian tradition of the writer as prophet. It argues that the hieromonk Simeon Polotskii (1629-1680) established its foundations through his public role as Russia’s first professional poet, articulated in his two baroque collections of panegyric and didactic verse and rhymed Psalter. Simeon’s contribution was shaped by the polemical interaction of Greco-Slavic orthodoxy with Latin Catholicism, and reveals the strategies he adopted to validate his moral authority in relation to the tsar and clergy. His prophetic legacy was developed by Peter the Great’s biographer, Krekshin, Derzhavin and Pushkin.

Type: Article
Title: Simeon Polotskii and the origins of the Russian tradition of the writer as Prophet
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5699/modelangrevi.112.4.0917
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5699/modelangrevi.112.4.0917
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Simeon Polotskii, Seventeenth-century Russian poetry, Prophecy, baroque panegyric and didactic verse, Petr Krekshin, Derzhavin, Pushkin
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1547149
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