NABOKV-L post 0027090, Sat, 2 Jul 2016 09:50:04 -0800

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Blame Kinbote, or something, a roundlet perhaps, for editing Shade's
assonant "feigned remoteness" to "feigned reflection". There they are
again, aloof and mute, playing a game of words. And again. Worlds. Many
worlds. Help me, Hugh [Everett].

On Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 4:38 PM, Jansy Mello <jansy.mello@outlook.com> wrote:

>
>
> Jansy Mello: Thank you for the reply.* It's always fun to retake familiar
> lines and find them strange again. Indeed, why substitute a window's "the
> false azure" for the suggested "feigned remoteness"? Or why aresn't CK's
> commentaries to these lines included under "Windows" in his Index?**
>
>
>
> I was the shadow of the
> waxwing slain
>
> By *the false azure* in
> the windowpane (1-2)
>
>
>
> (1-2; 5-6)
>
>
>
> I was the shadow of the
> waxwing slain
>
> By *feigned remoteness*
> in the windowpane. (131-32)
>
>
>
> And, as concerns John Shade now:
>
> And from the inside,
> too, I’d duplicate
>
> Myself, my lamp, an
> apple on a plate: (5-6)
>
>
>
> Thanks to your prompting I remembered that the poem's opening lines start
> describing an adventure that has taken place in the outside, perhaps in a
> summery garden - but that the poet soon moves to "the inside" of a house
> where he'll again ("too") "duplicate" himself, thanks to the opacity
> engendered by a winter night! (later on, the wintery reflections of both
> landscapes, inside and outside, will be harmoniously blended).
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ........................................................................................................................................
>
>
>
> **Bob Fagen*: slain waxwing's feigned reflection in *window*pane?
> *reply to JM's:**Has anyone already worked over why "windows" were
> mentioned in PF's Index and not, for example, mirror or glass? And to what
> kind of "window" they refer?*
>
>
>
> **Charles Kinbote does make a comment related to the change from "false
> azure" to "feigned remoteness" in his note to lines 131-32: "The
> exquisite melody of the two lines opening the poem is picked up here. The
> repetition of that long-drawn note is saved from monotony by the subtle
> variation in line 132 where the assonance between its second word and the
> rhyme gives the ear a kind of languorous pleasure as would the echo of some
> half-remembered sorrowful song whose strain is more meaningful than its
> words. Today, when the "feigned remoteness" has indeed performed its
> dreadful duty, and the poem we have is the only "shadow" that remains, we
> cannot help reading into these lines something more than mirrorplay and
> mirage shimmer. We feel doom, in the image of Gradus, eating away the miles
> and miles of "feigned remoteness" between him and poor Shade. *He, too,
> is to meet, in his urgent and blind flight, a reflection that will shatter
> him*." Is Gradus also being compared to the slain waxwing now shattered
> by a reflection?
> Is it the Author's face, no longer to be searched "in a glass, darkly"
> (CK, fwd: "None can say how long John Shade planned his poem to be, but
> it is not improbable that what he left represents only a small fraction of
> the composition he saw in a glass, darkly.")
>
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