NABOKV-L post 0018988, Mon, 21 Dec 2009 20:08:21 -0800

Re: [NABOKOV-L] An amusing contrast in PF's lines about "human
To me it looks like they are both (sic) saying exactly the same thing.
I should look up "abstruse" - - it should mean "vast and obscure"!
Just "obscure" - - oh, well!

On Dec 21, 2009, at 3:41 PM, jansymello wrote:

Someone quoted Nabokov in a blog and chose to represent him through
After I compared Shade's words ( in a poem) with Kinbote's (a
footnote), I decidedly preferred CK's.
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)

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