Classification – name: Literary studies
Pages: 103–131
Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS Publ.)
Rights – description: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (СС BY-ND)
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Language of the publication: Russian
Type of document: Research Article
Collection: Sergey Esenin in the Context of the Epoch
Year of publication: 2021
Place of publication: Moscow


Author: Valery A. Domansky
Domansky, V. A. “The Metaphorical World of Sergey Esenin.” Sergey Esenin in the Context of the Epoch: Сollective Мonograph. Ex. ed. Natalia I. Shubnikova- Guseva. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2021, pp. 103–131. (In Russian)

About the author:

Valery A. Domansky, DSc in Pedagogy, Professor, Member of the Union of Russian Writers, Head of Department of Pedagogical Innovations and Psychology, St. Petersburg Institute of Business and Innovation, Gavanskaya 3, 199106 St. Petersburg, Russia.

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The article examines the poetry of S. A. Esenin through an appeal to modern theories of metaphor, analyzes the types of metaphors and the ways of their creation. The author uses concrete examples to show how a metaphor in different periods of the poet’s work determines his image system and concept of the world. Referring to the poet’s specific texts and analyzing the Esenin’s metaphorical world allows us to conclude that the main factor that determines the poet’s individual style is the work of imagination and associative thinking.

Keywords: Esenin’s metaphorical world, theories of metaphors, types of metaphors, conceptual approach, individual figurative metaphors, ways of creating metaphors.