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Re: Sonnet Suggestion for Analysis
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2013  Thursday, 2 November 2000.

From:           Sam Small <
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Date:           Wednesday, 01 Nov 2000 18:10:53 +0000
Subject: 11.2006 Re: Sonnet Suggestion for Analysis
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2006 Re: Sonnet Suggestion for Analysis

Yes Bill, that's an amusing point.  The face on my country's coin is
that of Elizabeth Windsor - someone with next to no ability to hurt
anyone.  She is a rich, functionless representation of days long gone
and owns neither coins nor stamps.  In sonnet 94 Shakespeare was,
perhaps, coyly referring to himself - and curiously, the boy - and all
the other intelligent, talented people he knew.  Exactly who? - we can
only guess.  But what of the disparaging mention of "others"?  Did he
mean me?

SAM SMALL

> W. L. Godshalk says
>
> As to being the lord and owner of one's own face, I like the
> interpretation that reminds us that great folks' faces often appear on
> genuine coin of the realm, and that great folks tend to own a great deal
> of the coin on which is found their own faces.
 

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