NABOKV-L post 0008896, Tue, 11 Nov 2003 09:57:48 -0800

Nabokov & double dactyls
EDNOTE. Lovers of the double dactyl will find a bit about the use of Nabokov's name in the NABOKV-L Archive.


FROM James Fenton's "An Introduction to English Poetry"

The double dactyl, with its fascinating rule that the second part should contain a line consisting of one double-dactyl word, is another form that forbids a straight face:

Higgledy piggledy
Vladimir Nabokov -
Wait! Hasn't somebody
Made a mistake?

Out of such errors, Vla-
dimir Nabokov would

Paragraphs make.

(New Statesman competition)