"But lapidary epithets are few./We do not deal in universal rubies."
November 29, 2012 8:20 PM Subscribe
Vladimir Nabokov reads his poem "An Evening of Russian Poetry."
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. "The same afternoon, one of Pnin’s students, Charles McBeth (‘A madman, I think, judging by his compositions,’ Pnin used to say), zestfully brought over Pnin’s luggage in a pathologically purplish car with no fenders on the left side, and after an early dinner at The Egg and We, a recently inaugurated and not very successful little restaurant which Pnin frequented from sheer sympathy with failure, our friend applied himself to the pleasant task of Pninizing his new quarters."
Mentioned in the poem:
. Widely held to be the greatest Russian poet. Frequently subjected to internal exile by the imperial government.
. Poet of the generation following Pushkin's. In "Notes on Prosody
," Nabokov describes the distinctive hiatus after the second foot in Nekrasov's iambic tetrameter.