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This thesis examines possible biblical subtexts for the image of the reed in Osip Mandelstam's poem "Notre Dame." By exploring how the different metaphorical functions of the image of the reed in the Russian Bible can influence the reading of this image in Mandelstam's poem, the thesis draws connections with the image of the reed and the themes of Egyptian might and the meekness of Christianity earlier in the poem. The thesis also addresses how such an interpretation of the image of the reed could enhance other critical readings of the poem, especially those that see the poem as an expression of Acmeism.