Philology, pedagogy, and psychology

2023 Issue №1

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Artistic implementation of the concept «unity in diversity» in the poem by P.B. Shelley «Love’s philosophy»



This research focuses on the linguistic and cultural specifics of the concept «unity in diversity» in P. B. Shelley’s poem “Love’s philosophy”. The study reflects the expert linguistic interest to the national cultural and individual author’s specificity in interpreting philosophical concepts in literature, which have a meaning-­forming function within the space-time continuum of literary works. The aim of this research is to study the linguistic and cultural specifics of the concept «unity in diversity», as well as to identify its pragmatic function in the artistic space of P. B. Shelley’s works.

The novelty of this research lies in the use of an anthropocentric approach to the study of linguistic material, in which the verbal representations of the concept «unity in diversity» are viewed through the prism of the inner world of the lyrical hero. The interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of lexical units brings together linguistic cultural studies, literary criticism, psycholinguistics and philosophy.

The theoretical principles underlying this study are presented in the works of linguists involved in the analysis of concepts (in particular, philosophical and emotional ones) in the linguo-­cultural and anthropocentric paradigms. The analysis relies on the method of continuous sampling, the method of conceptual frame analysis, the method of semantic-­cognitive analysis, the descriptive method, as well as the contextual and interpretive methods.

Having studied the verbal content of frame structures representing the concept of «unity in diversity» within the framework of the individual author’s concept sphere, the author made a conclusion about the special semantic function of the analyzed concept , which represents the cognitive dominant of the poem «Love’s philosophy».