The Language and Mythology of The City in The Lyrics by Alexander Blok: The Case Study of Russian Language

Document Type : Research Article


1 Kazan Federal University

2 Department of Russian and Foreign Literature, Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication, Kazan Federal University

3 Department of Russian and Foreign Literature, National Research Mordovian State University named after N.P. Ogareva

4 Department of Theory and Practice of Translation, Institute of International Relations, Kazan Federal University



The urban text is of particular importance in the development of the meta-plot of the second volume of Blok's "humanization trilogy". The correlation of the language and mythology of the city with the symbol of the elements implies the deployment of the destructive component of the elements. The symbolic images of the Serpent, the bronze horseman as well as sunset symbolism become the meaning-and structure-forming centre. The analysis of the city's mythology and linguistic features in the context of the second volume of Blok's lyrics makes it possible to trace the development of the general meta-plot and, at the same time, to identify the specific features of the functioning of the mythology under study. The sense-forming dominants determine the specifics of the chronotopic and symbolic-associative deployment of mythologemes. The movement of light symbols in the structure of the second volume makes it possible to consider the transformation of the primary system of symbols that define the Blok's meta-plot.