One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Et in Arcadia ego: "Pale Fire" & the Importance of Art = Play = Stratagem

Et in Arcadia ego by Poussin
Et in Arcadia Ego Pictures, Images and Photos


On a more practical note Art = Play = Stratagem may keep Alzheimer's at bay.

Example #1 (Kinbote):
A newspaper account of a Russian tsar's coronation had, instead of korona (crown), the misprint vorona (crow), and when next day this was apologetically "corrected," it got misprinted a second time as korova (cow). The artistic correlation between the crown-crow-cow series is something that would have, I am sure, enraptured my poet. I have seen nothing like it on lexical playfields and the odds against the double coincidence defy computation.
Example #2 (Kinbote):

My illustrious friend showed a childish predilection for all sorts of word games and especially for so-called word golf. He would interrupt the flow of a prismatic conversation to indulge in this particular pastime, and naturally it would have been boorish of me to refuse playing with him. Some of my records are: hate-love in three, lass-male in four, and live-dead in five (with "lend" in the middle). 
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