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Michael Wood and Some Issues Raised
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2129  Thursday, 6 November 2003

From:           Peter Hyland <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Nov 2003 09:56:58 -0500
Subject: 14.2126 Michael Wood and Some Issues Raised
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2126 Michael Wood and Some Issues Raised

Just two years before Finnis and Martin's work appeared in the TLS that
same journal published a quite persuasive article by Clare Asquith
(April 13 2001) connecting "The Phoenix and Turtle" to the martyrdom of
Robert Southwell. The poem's own inscrutability certainly hints that it
has what Finnis refers to as "a level of meaning . . . available to
various members of the poem's original audience". Given that Southwell
was rather better known than the Lines, would not Asquith's argument
seem at least as persuasive? Or is the poem simply misdirecting all of
us to find in it a history that isn't actually there?

Peter Hyland

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