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Re: Sonnet 144
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1524  Wednesday, 19 June 2002

[1]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Friday, 14 Jun 2002 13:01:07 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 13.1520 Re: Sonnet 144

[2]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Sunday, 16 Jun 2002 13:31:49 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1520 Re: Sonnet 144


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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Friday, 14 Jun 2002 13:01:07 -0400
Subject: Re: Sonnet 144
Comment:        SHK 13.1520 Re: Sonnet 144

Bill Godshalk assures us that

'The sonnet does deconstruct itself in that we can (if we will) read it
in several different ways'

So what?  In that respect it's indistinguishable from any other text.

T. Hawkes

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From:           Clifford Stetner
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Date:           Sunday, 16 Jun 2002 13:31:49 -0400
Subject: 13.1520 Re: Sonnet 144
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1520 Re: Sonnet 144

>So finally I agree with Ed Taft, and with Ira Zinman ("What is so great
>about Shakespeare in the Sonnets and elsewhere is that there is room for
>a variety of interpretations."). The sonnet does deconstruct itself in
>that we can (if we will) read it in several different ways.

"But think who will as it seems to him and pleases him, in the end,
willy nilly, if one is to be just, each must understand and define it as
I understand and define it, and not I as he would understand it and
depict it; for just as the passions of that Hebrew [Solomon] have their
own proper modes, succession and names, which no one has been able to
understand and could never explain better than he, if he were present,
so these canticles of mine have their own names, succession and modes
which no one can explain better and understand than myself, since I am
not absent."

Giordano Bruno de gli Eroici Furori--dedication to Philip Sidney

Clifford Stetner
http://phoenixandturtle.net/

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