When Mandelstam defines "the word as such" (slovo kak takovoe) as the primary element of acmeist poetry
, he focuses not on the referential aspect of language but on its structural and diachronic ones, which reveal the potential of poetry to resist the constraints of the specific meaning assigned to it at the time of its composition.
This great Russian Jewish poet is remembered as a leader of the Acmeist poetry
movement, which sought to combine clear, accessible verse with the imagery of world mythology.
Doherty concludes that the function of citation in Acmeist poetry
is to create a poetics able to accommodate a multiplicity of voices, though he does not consider it as a means of building communities through construction of group identity and mutual affirmation.