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Article

The Sumarokov Vector of Russian Iambic Poetry

Russian Literature. 2018. No. 99. P. 71-89.

The poetry of Mikhail Lomonosov and Aleksandr Sumarokov played a decisive
role in the establishment of Russian syllabo-tonic versification. Lomonosov’s early
iambs show a noticeable foreign influence, whereas the prosodic structure of
Sumarokov’s poems was formed in a fundamentally different way from the very
start. The research presented in this article provides a new understanding of the
sources of the rhythm of Sumarokov’s iambic verses, which represent a distinctive
vector in the development of Russian verse. This vector displays significant
differences from the principles of continental, West European syllabo-tonic poetry;
an attempt at mastering whose principles can be observed in the early Lomonosov.