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Q: Sonnet 166 & Astral Navigation?
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 331. Friday, 20 Dec 1991.
 
Date: 		Thu, 19 Dec 91 16:26:50 PST
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Subject: 	Sonnet 116
 
Is there a definitive (or even confident) interpretation of the lines
in Sonnet 116:
 
     It is the star to every wandering bark
     Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken  ?
 
Is the metaphor fractured?   That is to say, you can take the height of
a star, if you have a problem navigating, but no mariner has ever considered
the worth of stars.
 
--Geoff Hargreaves
 

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