NABOKV-L post 0018215, Thu, 23 Apr 2009 01:14:58 -0300

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Re: AFTERTHOUGHTS: Plato in Pale Fire
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AS: Aristophanes' speech (in Plato's Symposium): "Now the sexes were three, and such as I have described them; because the sun, moon, and earth are three;-and the man was originally the child of the sun, the woman of the earth, and the man-woman of the moon, which is made up of sun and earth..."

JM: A complicated line of associations carried us from Pushkin's nut-case to the spherical Platonic half-beings. In the horizon, a serendipity with moon and earth and sun.
After all, as it has just occurred to me, wouldn't Plato's role towards Socrates, in the "Symposium," be somehow similar to Boswell/Johnson and Kinbote/Shade?

Btw: Aristophanes wrote obscene comedies. He was a clown, a buffoon, no? Although he was entrusted with a serious presentation about "what is love", be it the longing for completion in split woman-woman, man-man, man-woman.
Would Kinbote yearn for Shade, though?

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