Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0019292, Sun, 31 Jan 2010 18:36:32 EST

Re: THOUGHT Abstractist Bric-A-Brac (PF,the poem)

In a message dated 31/01/2010 23:22:12 GMT Standard Time,
jamie@JAMIEMCEWAN.COM writes:

Now I shall speak of evil as none has
Spoken before. I loathe such things as jazz;

Is this not intentionally humorous?
Jamie McEwan

Well, yes, obviously. But there can be humour in bad taste, and I think
that this is. I enjoy the shaving and soaping and, in general, the way
"Different themes are ludicrously mingled to great effect", as Jansy puts it,
and in general I love Nabokov's humour. But I don't think this comes off, let
alone constitutes poetry superior to "Four Quartets" as some would have it.

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