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Author: Marianna V. Kaplun
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Marianna V. Kaplun, PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, А.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 а, 121069 Moscow, Russia.

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Kaplun, M.V. “‘Anti-Protestant’ Verses by Ivan Nasedka-Shevelev and Mikhail Rogov in the 1620–1640s: Aspect of Interpretation.” Germenevtika drevnerusskoi literatury [Hermeneutics of Old Russian Literature]. Issue 22. Ed.-in-chief O.A. Tufanova. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2023, pp. 343–356. (In Russian) https://doi.org/10.22455/HORL.1607-6192-2023-22-343-356 

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22455/HORL.1607-6192-2023-22-343-356
UDC: 821.161.1.0
Keywords: verses, anti-Protestant writings, poetry of the 17th century, poetics, style, controversy.
Date of publication: 20.09.2023


“Anti-Protestant” or, rather, “anti-Luther” and “anti-Calvin” verses by Mikhail Rogov and Ivan Nasedka-Shevelev, written in the period from the 1620s to the 1640s largely responded to the time trends. The intolerant attitude towards the heretical creeds of various foreigners in Muscovy, the religious and philosophical literary controversy, the political realities of those years — all this was reflected in verses poetry, which continues the tradition of anti- Protestant treatises known in Old Russia since the 16th century. Analysis of the ideological and artistic originality of the “anti-Protestant” verses that took shape in the first half of the 17th century, thanks to the efforts of the figures of the Moscow Printing House, allows us to talk about some general aspects of the poetics of works of a religious and dogmatic nature. However, despite the similarity of the artistic attitudes of the two authors, Nasedka’s Exposition on Luthors and the “anti-Protestant” verses in the Rogov’s Preface to Cyril’s Book from the point of view of poetics do not at all represent a single literary text that is identical in style, as they say different approaches to addressing and naming Protestant ideologists and movements. In the verses on the one hand, one feels the knowledge of the basic foundations of Protestantism, on the other hand, there is no understanding of the theological differences between Lutheranism and Calvinism. The poetry of Nasedka-Shevelev and Rogov testifies authors’ desire to fill these gaps in their own style, colorfully talking about the features of the Lutheran doctrine in a negative way, necessary to create a sharply polemical work.


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