Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 334. Monday, 23 Dec 1991.
Date: 		Sun, 22 Dec 1991 13:15:01 -0500
From: 		"Tad Davis" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject: 2.0332  Astral Navigation & Sonnet 166
Comment: 	RE: SHK 2.0332  Astral Navigation & Sonnet 166
[In SHK 2.0332, Ron Dwelle said:]
>> It does seem a little surprising that Shakespeare understood navigation
that well, though perhaps he just picked up the concept and the language,
as he did with so many other areas of knowledge and experience. <<
I appreciate the confirmation, as if any were needed, and I will with your
permission use it in my forthcoming monograph demonstrating that
Shakespeare collaborated with Francis Drake on many of his early plays and
poems.  This theory is impossible to impugn, because it is (now) founded on
correct navigational method.  It puts out of court all previous theories on
the sonnets and answers all questions, as of course I knew it would before
I began.  The only outstanding question is the identity of the Dark Lady,
who may have been a mermaid (remembered by Shakespeare -- the magpie as
ever -- in his glancing reference to the "fair vestal throned by the
west").  These creatures are known to be of Italianate disposition and
therefore dark, or at least brave.  The Shakespeare establishment, of
course, filled as it is with levellers and other demagogues who are unable
to acknowledge the certainty provided by authority, will take its time
catching me up.
(Sorry.  With the holidays coming on, I couldn't resist the temptation to
caRowse a little bit.)
Tad Davis
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