By Dmitrij Čiževskij
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Page 20 Other devices of style, such as hyperbole and individual images and symbols, undergo a similar change. If one were to compile the metaphoric expressions for the moon in different periods, one would find that metaphors or similes are graphic or sentimental, as are expressions and epithets about the moon. The neoromantics, on the other hand, have attempted to create strikingly unusual images of the moon. " Later it becomes a witness of love scenes or of sadness and grief. " Modern poets view the moon differently.
As mentioned above, and as the reader will see in the present survey, the Slavs at the dawn of their history sustained the impact of two major divisions of European culture: the eastern Christian or Byzantine, which was primarily Greek in its essence, and western Europe, which had its roots in the civilization of the Roman Empire and later was influenced by the Church of Rome. All of the Slavic literatures came into being after Christianization, which took place in the late ninth and tenth centuries.
Most surveys either treat each Slavic literature separately and chronologically or organize them along the lines of the traditional division of Slavic languagesinto the eastern, western, and southern groups. Such an approach may be found, for instance, in the chapters dealing with literature in the Handbook of Slavic Studies, edited by the late Leonid Strakhovsky, a very useful book, but unfortunately out of date and out of print. Professor Dmitrij Cizevskij's approach is very different, since he presents the development of Slavic literature against the background of succeeding literary periods, schools, and movements.
Comparative history of Slavic literatures by Dmitrij Čiževskij