The article deals with the specifics of the concept of «lyricism» in relation to the artistic anthropology of «second-line» poet A.N. Yakhontov (1820–1890). There clarifies the nature of a ratio between categories of «lyricism» and «lyrics» in the literary consciousness of the middle of XIX century. The conclusion about the fundamental role of «lyricism» (as the ontological predisposition to creativity) in the formation of literary position and identity of the writing techniques of «a minor» poet is made. Without reaching the realization in «lyrics» as a pinnacle of an artistic result of «lyricism» incarnation, Yakhontov looked for ways of expressing it in the forms of «foreign words» (translation, stylization, imitation, borrowing). There been motivated a conclusion that the «minor» poet chooses the esthetics of «impersonal lyricism» for himself and, abandoning the poetic personality, maintains «lyricism» in every genre and tribal formations, translations and original works, in response to the social and moral problems of the century, bringing «living» word to contemporary readers.
Lyrics, lyricism, artistic anthropology, A.N. Yakhontov, «minor» poet, poetic identity, «foreign word»