Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0017383, Mon, 24 Nov 2008 01:38:55 -0500

Re: More thoughts on plexed artistry

To Jansy: But what makes you so sure that Shades thoughts and beliefs are VN's own?
> Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 22:14:05 -0500> From: NABOKV-L@HOLYCROSS.EDU> Subject: [NABOKV-L] More thoughts on plexed artistry> To: NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU> > Jansy Mello sends this postscript:> > Perhaps "The Original of Laura" inspite of the planned release of its> 138 cards shall remain, as an "original", invisible and only accessible> to a certain kind of reader...( remember Keats and "heard melodies are> sweet, but those unheard are sweeter"?)> > I just quoted John Shade on "plexed artistry"( lines 804/813, canto> Three), to show a similarity bt. his understanding and Freud's> concerning on how to interpret a complex text (its meaning, texture,> style, secret wishes,etc). Now, a colleague, Dr. Luiz Gallego, commented> on an artist's burning of his work ( Kafka's collection of stories,> Gogol's unfinished "Dead Souls" - because its last chapter was burnt -> Tolstoy's total rejection of (literaly unburnt) Anna Karenin, Hopkins> trust in Robert Bridges), to indicate the importance of chance and> contigencies related to the survival of verses or manuscripts. > In his words: "An artist's aim is not chiefly directed towards> posterity: he doesn't create a poem harboring the simple wish to leave> it as an inheritance: besides, he also depends on posterity to burn or> to keep it whole." > > In Canto Four( lines 965/977), Shade develops something similar to the> verses on plexed artistry: I find it impossible to resist the impulse to> set an excerpt of these lines here, close to those in Canto Three: > Maybe my sensual love for the> consonne> D’appui, Echo’s fey child, is based> upon> A feeling of fantastically planned,> Richly rhymed life.> I feel I> understand> Existence, or at least a minute> part> Of my existence, only through my> art,> In terms of combinational delight;> And if my private universe scans> right,> So does the verse of galaxies> divine> Which I suspect is an iambic line.> > An outstanding achievement: text and texture, meaning and rhyme, life> and art presented in a nutshell, by poetic scans, combinational delight> and faith!> > 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/
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