Figurative Language and Metapoetics. “SPRING IN FIALTA” by Vladimir Nabokov. Vladimir Nabokov (1899 – 1977). Russian and American poet, novelist, short-story writer, literary critic, translator, and entomologist. Born in Saint-Petersburg into the family of a prominent politician.
Figurative Languageand Metapoetics
“SPRING IN FIALTA” by Vladimir Nabokov
“I was born on the same day as Shakespeare, a hundred years after Pushkin.”
“I am an American writer born in Russia, educated in England, where I studied French literature before moving to Germany for fifteen years.”
“My mind speaks English, my heart speaks Russian, and my ear prefers French.”
*AlliterationA pattern of repeated identical or similar consonant sounds.
*AllusionAn indirect reference to some piece of knowledge not actually mentioned. Allusions usually come from a body of information that the author presumes the reader will know. For example, an author who writes, “She was another Helen,” is alluding to the proverbial beauty of Helen of Troy. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/allusion
*Metaphor A figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in “A mighty fortress is our God.” http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/metaphor
*Personification An artistic device of representing an inanimate object or an abstract idea as a living creature or a person.
Thou and You She substituted, by a chance,For empty "you" — the gentle "thou";And all my happy dreams, at once,In loving heart again resound.In bliss and silence do I stay,Unable to maintain my role:"Oh, how sweet you are!" I say —"How I love thee!" says my soul.
Compare to p.311
“ I said (substituting for our cheap, formal ‘thou’ that strangely full and expressive ‘you’ to which the circumnavigator, enriched all round, returns), ‘Look here – what if I love you?’” (311).
The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition.New York: Columbia University, 2007. P. 33053.
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