see bylinybyliny
[Rus.,=what has happened], Russian scholarly term first applied in the 1840s to a great body of narrative and heroic poems. They are called by the folk stariny [Rus.,=what is old].
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(3) Platonov writes "v obychaiakh stariny" but is likely referring to "the mores of our olden days" (nravy nashei stariny) from stanza XIII of Canto 3.
One should perhaps note that the word was new: Pushkin, who was very traditional and meticulous about stress patterns, rhymes "nebylitsy, byliny" with "pravoslavnoi stariny." Zimin's note at this point (106 n.