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

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Re: [NABOKOV-L] An amusing contrast in PF's lines about "human
life"
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In a message dated 22/12/2009 02:29:21 GMT Standard Time, jansy@AETERN.US
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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



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