Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0014043, Mon, 13 Nov 2006 11:26:48 -0500

Obligatory tribute to Sybil in PF poem?
Dear List participants,

imho --- the part of poem describing the love of Shade to Sybil
seems to me the weakest, less poetic of all, as if written by
somebody who wants to fulfill a duty, pay an obligatory tribute
to his wife who will read the poem. The quotation below - just
the sort of versification without inspiration, the play with
numbers which you may use when you have little else to say - or cannot
what you really feel/think. Do anybode else see it under this angle?
Could this be the intention of VN?

> "four thousand times your pillow has been creased/ By our two

Sergei Soloviev

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