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* The poem "Pale Fire" is the last, unfinished work by the poet John Shade, who has recently died.

* Charles Kinbote is introduced as the narrator, and then editor of the poem. He is a professor at Wordsmith University, where he worked with John Shade.

* We learn of the poem's structure, four Canto's totaling 1,000 lines.

* Charles Kinbote tells the story of how he came into possession of the poem.

* Kinbote interjects himself into the foreword.

Pale Fire, Canto One

* The first image of the poem is a bird crashing into a window.

* The poem is autobiographical.

* The first canto depicts John Shade's youth.

* John Shade's parents died when he was young and he was raised by his aunt.

Pale Fire, Canto Two

* John Shade ponders life after death.

* His aunt has a stroke and is moved into a sanitarium.

* John Shade writes about how much he loves his...

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