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Re: Anagram AND Cynic
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0731  Wednesday, 5 August 1998.

[1]     From:   Peter Nockolds <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 4 Aug 1998 22:56:36 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:    Re: SHK 9.0728  Re: Anagram AND Cynic

[2]     From:   Steve Sohmer <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 5 Aug 1998 08:09:28 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0724  Q: 'cynic'


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From:           Peter Nockolds <
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 Aug 1998 22:56:36 +0100 (BST)
Subject: 9.0728  Re: Anagram AND Cynic
Comment:         Re: SHK 9.0728  Re: Anagram AND Cynic

Receiving postings relating to cynic and anagrams at the same time
prompts the following.

Robert Persons wrote of Raleigh and his companions (The School of
Night?) that they worshipped the anagram of Dog.

Cynic is derived from dog  (cf. Canis)

For certain Elizabethans the concept of cynicism was linked with the dog
stars Sirius and Procyon.

A simple statistical test shows that Shakespeare tends to juxtapose the
words Crab and Dog, the best known example being the dog Crab in TGV.
This may be explained by the two dogs stars falling in the sign of
Cancer the Crab.

These two words are applied to Diogenes, the founder of that school of
philosophy known as Cynicism, in a euphuistic juxtaposition, in Lyly's
Campaspe I, iii

"...Diogenes!'  I was half angry to see one so crooked in his shape to
be so CRABBED in his sayings"

"I much marvel that Diogenes should be so DOGGED."

Peter Nockolds

The Inspiration of the Heavens in Literature
www.sonnet.co.uk/egma/

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From:           Steve Sohmer <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Aug 1998 08:09:28 EDT
Subject: 9.0724  Q: 'cynic'
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0724  Q: 'cynic'

Dear Piers,

Cas.  Ha, ha, how vildely doth this Cynicke rime? (2118).

Steve
 

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