The Song of Igor's Campaign Themes

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Patriotism

The love of Russia's homeland and the desire to fight to preserve it is a continual theme in the Song. Early in the epic it is made clear that Igor leads his troops "in the name of the Russian land" (line 50). As Igor's army sets off on its mission, the author imagines glory ringing in Kiev, trumpets blaring in Novgorod-Seversk and banners raised in the city of Putivl. In other words, the whole of Russia is rejoicing in patriotic pride at this expedition.

Patriotism is again evoked in the phrase "the sons of Rus" (148) to describe Igor's army as they approach the battlefield. (Rus is the ancient name of Russia.) Their collective identity as Russians is presented as more important than their individual genealogies. In the midst of the battle Igor's men are "brave sons of Rus" (209), and when they fall, they die in defense of the Russian...

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