THE FIRST PAGES OF LEO TOLSTOY. REFLECTIONS ABOUT THE POETICS OF CHILDHOOD
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Author of the states that all basic features of Leo Tolstoy’s writing style can be observed since his first significant work – a story Childhood (1852). While his philosophical, religious, ethical and socio-political views were changing considerably in time, his poetical imagination tightly bounded with his personality and an outlook on life in principle stayed unchanged. He describes psychological type of Tolstoy’s hero as perceiving extravert and attracts reader’s attention to an essential feature of Tolstoy’s creative method which involves departure from detailed statements about hero’s impressions to analysis of his feeling. The impressions concern physicality and details of life – everyday articles, natural phenomena and elements of culture. The second feature of Tolstoy’s way of perceiving and depiciciting the world lies in spontaneity, free game of associations and behaviour of narrator and characters. It does not interfere with a pursuit of rational order in time and space. The order manifests itself as clock time inducation and as precisely defined places of any particular objects.
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