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Combinational Delight: The Poetics of Perception in Pale Fire

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Authors
Suk, kyoungjing
Issue Date
1980
Publisher
서울대학교 인문대학 영어영문학과
Citation
영학논집 4(1980): 9-14
Keywords
Artifex
Abstract
"Let us admit what all idealists admit: that the nature of the world
is hallucinatory... We (the undivided divinity that operates within us)
have dreamed the world." So writes Jorge Luis Borges; one can see
from this why he and Nabokov are often paired. Both are disciplined
artists who believe in the supremacy of the imagination; both have
created a body of work which seeks to replace the "hallucination" of
"reality" with the true fictions of mind; and both, through exploring
the intrinsic dichotomy between life and art, have achieved a measure
of heroism through the success of this exploration. As Patricia Merivale
has pointed out: "Artifice, the realest thing we can know, is the only
thing that can make reality endurable."2l Artifex is perhaps the most
appropriate title for game-master Nabokov; and making reality endurable
through the poetics of perception is certainly the central focus of the
poem Pale Fire.
The poem's opening lines contain themes which are expanded .and
developed throughout; death, nature, youth, percepiton, art.
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/2642
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