NABOKV-L post 0017736, Wed, 25 Feb 2009 07:30:23 -0800

Derzhavin's last words
"On July 6, 1816, two days before his death, Derzhavin began to write,
with chalk on a slate, the poem that would have become his best ode,
if he had had the chance to finish it:"

Dear Alexey,

My beloved professor Vladimir Markov proved that the stanza you quote
was not the beginning of a longer ode, but quite literally the end
(konets). The proof is an acrostic. Half in jest he liked to say that
he should have been awarded a Nobel prize for this discovery.

Carolyn Kunin

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