NABOKV-L post 0018394, Sat, 20 Jun 2009 10:52:30 -0300

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[NABOKOV-L] [Query] Iridule, a PS
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1. I forgot to mention that Goethe's "Erlkönig" is transformed into a pedophile by Kinbote ( in Goethe's lines he has various hoary daughters at his side). This particular poem is mentioned by Shade in line 662,and others: "Who rides so late in the night and the wind" and its lines were repeated ( in Zemblan and in German) by fleeing King Charles.
According to Kinbote Goethe's ballad deals with "the erlking, hoary enchanter of the elf-haunted alderwood, who falls in love with the delicate little boy..." and the easy transposition of Wind/Kind, Vett/Dett, Vent/Enfant that is impossible to repeat in English.
Kinbote mentions "matted elfin-wood" and a certain Elvina Krummholz (related to Lavender) and gender-changes are alluded in connection to Lavender (the collector of "ombrioles", not the color of flower and butterflies) when Kinbote mentions L's governess "whom the King had always called to her pleased face Mademoiselle Belle instead of Mademoiselle Baud" (Belle instead of Baud/Beau, a word-play that may not be transposed into English).

2. The play with pedophile/father&child relates to the mountainous "range" of adult/child seduction.
I wonder if VN might have been alluding to W.Wordsworth's "My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky" that mentions the lines ( mocked by dappled G.M.Hopkins) "The Child is father to the Man"




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