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Re: Funeral Elegy (and Sonnets)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0211.  Friday, 15 March 1996.

(1)     From:   John Velz <
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        Date:   Thursday, 14 Mar 1996 14:31:32 +0200
        Subj:   Funeral Elegy (and Sonnets)

(2)     From:   Richard J Kennedy <
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        Date:   Thursday, 14 Mar 1996 18:45:02 -0800
        Subj:   Funeral Elegy


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From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Thursday, 14 Mar 1996 14:31:32 +0200
Subject:        Funeral Elegy (and Sonnets)

Some at least of the Sonnets were in circulation in ms. before 1598 when
Francis Meres referred to Shakespeare's "sugar'd sonnets among his private
friends" comparing them favorably with Catullus' poems about Lesbia if memory
serves.

John

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Date:           Thursday, 14 Mar 1996 18:45:02 -0800
Subject:        Funeral Elegy

Lines beginning with "and":             Elegy 28, Sonnets 66
Common nouns in caps:                   Elegy 33, Sonnets 57

The writer of the Funeral Elegy liked to use the word "Whiles" in place of
"While" or "Whildst". In 578 lines he used the word 8 times.  In 2,150 lines of
the Sonnets, 1,850 of Lucrece, and 1,194 lines of Venus and Adonis, Shakespeare
never uses the word once.
 

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