JF writes:
Nabokov clearly saw nothing wrong with mentioning something of cardinal importance to him in a poem that uses a strained rhyme associated with "comic and curious verse".  I'm suggesting that he intended no misjudgement or inartistry on Shade's part when he made Shade do the same thing.
He also mentions:
the apparatus criticus to the Dunciad, which I didn't know about and am sure is more important to /Pale Fire/ than Frost's /New Hampshire/ is. 

Matthew appears to have accepted, at least in part, my distinction between poetry and verse, and considers the Index quatrain to be verse, but I've failed to persuade Jerry, it seems. No matter.
Searching for more on The Dunciad, via Google, I came across this site:
Besides containing a large slab of The Dunciad, Book 4, which demonstrates how utterly un-Pope-like are the limping feet of John Shade, and compared with which PF, the "poem", could hardly be described as inartistic, let alone merely competent, the site also contains a cornucopia of wordplay of such staggering, mind-blowing ingenuity as to bankrupt credulity.
Is Richard Brodie a computer? Has anyone come across him before? The several pages in his name are so fantastically clever that I'm stunned. Gob-smacked, as they say in England. I wonder if he's turned his attention to Vladimir Nabokov. Reading just a few of Brodie's compositions has left me with a sort of dead, burnt-out feeling. An eat-your-heart-out sensation situation.

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