NABOKV-L post 0018867, Fri, 27 Nov 2009 00:27:24 +0100

Subject
Re: TOoL: Note on iambic rhythm
Date
Body
My guess is that Nabokov on that page wanted a word like 'lyrate' which he
uses in *Ada*. 'Lyrate hips' - shaped like a lyre.

2009/11/27 NABOKV-L <NABOKV-L@holycross.edu>

> A Thanksgiving Tidbit:
>
> I am sure that many readers of TOOL have been enjoying the opportunity
> provided by the note cares of gaining a glimpse into VN’s creative
> laboratory. Those readers will have observed that there are certain blank
> spaces between words (see, e.g., p. 93). Presumably VN left the space blank
>
> until he had found the appropriate word for the setting. One place where a
> trace of an erased word is still visible (but noted in the transcript
> below)
> is on page 199. It appears that VN had originally put down the word "lyric"
>
> as a modifier for "body," but then erased it. The entire phrase displays an
>
> iambic rhythm: "he SAW her [LYRic] BACK, her HIP beTWEEN his HANDS." One
> wonders what adjective VN might eventually have come up with to replace
> "lyric." Presumably it would have the same metrical rhythm.
>
>
>
> Julian Connolly
> Search the archive<http://www.google.com/advanced_search?q=site:listserv.ucsb.edu&HL=en> Contact
> the Editors <nabokv-l@utk.edu,nabokv-l@holycross.edu> Visit "Nabokov
> Online Journal" <http://www.nabokovonline.com> Visit Zembla<http://www.libraries.psu.edu/nabokov/zembla.htm> View
> Nabokv-L Policies <http://web.utk.edu/~sblackwe/EDNote.htm> Manage
> subscription options <http://listserv.ucsb.edu/>
>
> All private editorial communications, without exception, are read by both
> co-editors.
>

Search archive with Google:
http://www.google.com/advanced_search?q=site:listserv.ucsb.edu&HL=en

Contact the Editors: mailto:nabokv-l@utk.edu,nabokv-l@holycross.edu
Visit Zembla: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/nabokov/zembla.htm
View Nabokv-L policies: http://web.utk.edu/~sblackwe/EDNote.htm
Visit "Nabokov Online Journal:" http://www.nabokovonline.com

Manage subscription options: http://listserv.ucsb.edu/