The article aims at a discussion of the myth of Petersburg in the émigré poetry of Joseph Brodsky. On reflecting upon the complex semantics of the capital city of Russia, the authoress focuses her attention on the vision of Petersburg presented in Brodsky's 'American' poems 'Kolybel'naya Treskovogo Mysa' (1975) and 'Razvivaya Platona' (1976). The results of the analysis comfirms the profound influence the city on the Neva exerts upon the poet's imagination; he appears as a creator of an original literary myth of Petersburg. This peculiarity of Russia's capital city - Petersburg's capacity to inspire texts about itself - affects Brodsky's perception of other cities and countries. Thus, the authoress intents to demonstrate that the vision of the city in the two 'American' poems might be interpreted as a certain specific myth which explains a whole range of the exile's poetical representations of the lost Home and Homeland in the context of a 'change of empire' (peremena imperii).
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