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Вурдалак

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Added Sat, 03/02/2024
Release date
1835
Original title
Вурдалак
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"Songs of the Western Slavs" is a cycle of 16 poems by Alexander Pushkin. Eleven of them are reworkings of prose lyrics in Prosper Merime's book Guzla, or A Collection of Illyrian Songs Recorded in Dalmatia, Bosnia, Croatia and Herzegovina.

Among the works included in the cycle is the poem "Ghoul", famous for the fact that in it the author introduced the word itself into the Russian language, creating it on the basis of the distorted word "volkolak" (a man turning into a wolf, a werewolf).

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Слово "вурдалак" появилось в русском языке в первой половине XIX в. и может быть отнесено к числу неологизмов, придуманных писателями и поэтами. Своим появлением в русском языке данное слово обязано А.С. Пушкину. Он использовал искаженную основу слова "волколак" (человек, превращающийся в волка, оборотень) в стихотворении 1835 года из цикла "Песни западных славян".

The famous poem about poor Vanya, who was returning home late at night through the cemetery.

Phenomena in artwork: Ghoul

A certain Vanya returns home through the cemetery. Suddenly, he hears a frightening sound and decides that a ghoul is lurking nearby (as a result, it turns out to be a dog):

Someone is gnawing on a bone, grumbling.

The ghoul's appearance is not described in the poem; the author only indicates that he is red-lipped:

It must be gnawing at the bones

A red-lipped ghoul.

The author also provides a way to protect yourself from a supernatural being:

The ghoul will eat me completely,

If the earth itself is sepulchral

I won't eat it with prayer.


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