A claim is made that the semantics of colour in Arsenii Tarkovskii's volume of poetry 'Vestnik' derives from the system of folk ideas. White is a symbol of the afterworld, sadness and mourning (cf. white mourning, a tradition present in Slavonic and other cultures). Red and its shades ('raspberry', pink, crimson, 'strawberry', 'fiery') often symbolize blood and death. Green is on the one hand a symbol of spring, of the immortality of wildlife, but is also connected with dying. Black is conceptualized as a bad symbol of mourning, a symbol of fate. It is amazing that these poetic, auctorial metaphors of multicoloured sorrows (with a predominance of the black-white scale) should coincide with the folk tradition of a symbolic interpretation of colours. All colours in 'Vestnik' (white, black, red, blue, yellow, green, dark blue, purple) are, on top of other meanings, used as signs of evil and mourning, which allows one to identify the concept of a 'colourful mourning' in Tarkovskii's poetry.
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