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Abstract A Study of Vladimir Solovyov’s Aesthetics - ‘Three Feats’ or ‘Three Myths’ Lee, Hyung-Goo ‘Three Feats(Три подвига)’(1882) is a poem worthy of greater scholarly attention in terms of an organic relation between Solovyov’s aesthetics and poetry. This poem, which was writ-ten in a relatively early stage of Solovyov’s career as a philosopher and poet, sums up, as if a preliminary program, major aesthetic issues to be more fully formulated in his later theoretical essays. This study examines the poem ‘Three Feats’ in three phases in accordance with the three myths correlated to the three feats, and discusses each part of the poem in connection with Solovyov’s other poems and aesthetic essays. In particular, this study focuses on the correla-tion of the poem to the three ultimate tasks of art stated in ‘The General Meaning of Art’(1890), and places the three myths-feats(i. e., 1) Pygmalion - the objectification of idea, 2) Perseus - the spiritualization of material, and 3) Orpheus - the immortality of art) in the broader context of various western intellectual tradition such as Plotinos’s Neo-Platonism, Michelangelo’s theory of art, German idealist aesthetics, Carl Jung’s archetypal theory of myth, and eastern Orthodox theology.


Abstract A Study of Vladimir Solovyov’s Aesthetics - ‘Three Feats’ or ‘Three Myths’ Lee, Hyung-Goo ‘Three Feats(Три подвига)’(1882) is a poem worthy of greater scholarly attention in terms of an organic relation between Solovyov’s aesthetics and poetry. This poem, which was writ-ten in a relatively early stage of Solovyov’s career as a philosopher and poet, sums up, as if a preliminary program, major aesthetic issues to be more fully formulated in his later theoretical essays. This study examines the poem ‘Three Feats’ in three phases in accordance with the three myths correlated to the three feats, and discusses each part of the poem in connection with Solovyov’s other poems and aesthetic essays. In particular, this study focuses on the correla-tion of the poem to the three ultimate tasks of art stated in ‘The General Meaning of Art’(1890), and places the three myths-feats(i. e., 1) Pygmalion - the objectification of idea, 2) Perseus - the spiritualization of material, and 3) Orpheus - the immortality of art) in the broader context of various western intellectual tradition such as Plotinos’s Neo-Platonism, Michelangelo’s theory of art, German idealist aesthetics, Carl Jung’s archetypal theory of myth, and eastern Orthodox theology.