Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005259, Sun, 2 Jul 2000 12:33:49 -0700

Re: Nabokov and Pope (fwd)
From: mary krimmel <mkrimmel@sciti.com>

Thanks, Kiran!

I never knew Pope beyond Essay on Man, but it's always been clear (hasn't
it?) that John Shade knew him well.

You and Pope even give us a pale sun here. Your excerpt from The Dunciad
doesn't seem far-fetched to me. It's likely of special interest to the
Shade-wrote-the-notes and Kinbote-wrote-the-poem arguments. I don't know
these, was aghast at hearing about them, now intend to at least look at Boyd.

Mary Krimmel

From: Kiran Krishna <kiran@Physics.usyd.edu.au>

>On reading Boyd's marvellous book, here are some additional thoughts, I
>have had.
>Zembla also occurs in Pope's The Temple of Fame in these lines. I base my
>case on these lines:
> The Rock's high Summit, in the Temple's Shade,
> Nor Heat could melt, nor beating storm invade.
> There names inscrib'd unnumber'd Ages past
> From Time's first Birth, with Time it self shall last;
> These ever new, nor subject to Decays,
> So Zembla's Rocks (the beauteous Work of Frost)
> Rise white in Air, and glitter o'er the Coast;
> Pale Suns, unfelt, at distances roll away,
> And on th' impassive Ice the Lightnings play:
> I have always maintained that there is at least some connection
>between Pope's greatest poem and Pale Fire. Here are a few supporting
>lines from The Dunciad(I am probably stretching it):
> Here to her Chosen all her works she shews;
> Prose swell'd to verse, verse loit'ring into prose:
> How random thoughts now meaning chance to find,
> Now leave all memory of sense behind:
> How Prologues into Prefaces decay,
> And these to Notes are fritter'd quite away:
> How Index-learning turns no student pale,
> Yet holds the eel of science by the tail: