NABOKV-L post 0019209, Sat, 23 Jan 2010 13:07:42 +0100

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Re: THOUGHT on Shade as poet
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<S Gwynn: Other than VN, the only case that comes to mind in which a
novelist has performed the not incosiderable feat of the former and provided
the actual poetry is that of Anthony Burgess, who was, of course, as good a
poet as he was a writer of prose. There may be other examples, but none
comes to mind.>

E.L. Doctorow's Loon Lake (1980) features a poet, Warren Penfield, and
chunks of his poetry are liberally distributed over the novel. I read this
book too long ago, in fact in the mirabilic year of 1984, to pass any
judgement, but I do recall that the poetry struck me as rather prosaic, very
much like that of many poets of the second half of the 20th century.

A. Bouazza.




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