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Abstract

Cvetaeva’s poetic use of folklore is unusual for the Silver Age, though it connects her with nineteenth-century writers, especially Pushkin. Examination of the long folkloric poems “Царь-Девица” and “Молодец”, both based on folktales found in Aleksandr Afanas’ev’s classic three-volume collection of Russian folktales, shows Cvetaeva freely engaging in folkloric strategies of adaptation. She also responds in important ways to the folkloristic commentary provided by Afanas’ev. Folklore has been a significant topic in scholarship on Cvetaeva as well.