Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0018990, Tue, 22 Dec 2009 07:04:24 EST

Re: [NABOKOV-L] An amusing contrast in PF's lines about "human

In a message dated 22/12/2009 02:29:21 GMT Standard Time, jansy@AETERN.US

When I set both lines side by side I realized something I hadn't noticed
before: Shade writes a poem about "life as a poem," whereas Kinbote's
footnote is about "life as a footnote" Neat.
Kinbote's rendering is equally applicable to TOoL, although who authors
the "unfinished masterpiece" remains undisclosable.

Man’s life as commentary to abstruse
Unfinished poem. Note for further use.
(John Shade, PF,lines 939-40)

“…our poet suggests here that human life is but a series of footnotes to
a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece.”
(Charles Kinbote, footnote to lines 939-40)

But Shade writes of life as a commentary to a poem, not as the poem
itself. Kinbote inanely explains to readers what they can read for themselves
Shade wrote.

Anthony Stadlen

Anthony Stadlen
2A Alexandra Avenue
GB - London N22 7XE
Tel.: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857
Email: stadlen@aol.com

"Existential Psychotherapy & Inner Circle Seminars" at
_http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/_ (http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/)

Search archive with Google:

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/