NABOKV-L post 0015727, Thu, 29 Nov 2007 18:36:55 EST

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Re: THOUGHTS on Canto One
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If a poet's metaphors are taken literally, no end of damage can be done to
what he or she intends. This has been done, in an especially cruel and crude
manner, to Emily Dickinson's poetry in recent times. I would hate to have the
tropes in my own poetry subjected to such literal-minded scrutiny.

As for fish glue, here is a helpful link:

http://aic.stanford.edu/sg/bpg/annual/v19/bp19-29.html

In my own wretched youth, I could not stop myself from tasting schoolroom
mucilage (now almost impossible to find, alas), despite having been warned that
it was made from the rendered-down hooves of horses, cows, and mules. And, for
that matter, I even now get a taste of Elmer's when I bite the dried-out end
off the bottle's spout. I would not, however, recommend that anyone try the
experiment with Crazy Glue.

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