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Статус поговорки в первой трети XIX в. и характер мысли Е. А. Боратынского: Вокруг стихотворения "Старательно мы наблюдаем свет..."

Russian Linguistics. 2021. Т. 45. № 1. С. 105-121.

The article analyzes the status of proverbs and sayings in the Russian culture and the literary language of the first third of the 19th century. The first part discusses the ambivalent attitude toward paremias among ‘Šiškovists’ and ‘Karamzinists’. The use of proverbs and sayings in literary texts of the 1800–1830s (primarily in poetry) allows us to conclude that paremias had to undergo strict taste selection. The second part of the article analyzes the surge of (proto)scientific interest in paremias in the 1820s. The analysis of the articles on proverbs and sayings demonstrates that paremias were perceived as a special philosophy of the people, competing with elite philosophical systems. The last part of the work is dedicated to the poem Staratel’no my nabljudaem svet … (‘Diligently we observe the light ...’) by E. A. Boratynskij. Its linguistic and semantic analysis allows us to illustrate the ambivalent status of paremias in the Russian culture of the first third of the 19th century.