Philology, pedagogy, and psychology

2023 Issue №2

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The ways of modality expression in the poem “On the way to Skyros” by Joseph Brodsky



This article focuses on an in-depth analysis of the poem “On the way to Skyros” by Joseph Brodsky. The goal of this article is to identify the ways the author expresses his guidelines in the process of transformation of the mythological plot (the myth of Theseus). The analysis has been carried out on three levels: linguistic, compositional and ideological in order to determine the specifics of expression of the author’s modality in the poem in question. It has been established that the substantial (ideological) plan of the text, represented by a system of characteristic motives, forms the meanings of the author’s modality. An accentuated role in the text is played by explicators of situational modality: obligation, desirability and possibility.