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Re: Wriothesley
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1284  Wednesday, 25 June 2003

From:           Richard Kennedy <
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Date:           Tuesday, 24 Jun 2003 07:46:12 -0700
Subject:        Wriothesley

Michael Egan writes:

"Giroux, The Book Known as Q, suggests Rizley, but Rosely gives a whole
new resonance to the rose imagery in the sonnets, supporting the thesis
that Mr HW was Mr WH."

That's very neat, but it must be proved that Henry W. was the "Rose" of
the sonnets before we could decide that his name was said Rosely. If the
"Rose" of the sonnets was someone else, then the argument from the
"Rose" in the first sonnet means nothing as to how the name Wriothesley
was pronounced. The "Mr.W.H." of the dedication is only "supposed" to be
Henry W., there are several opinions. I would be more convinced that
Henry W. was the "tender churl" of Sonnet No. 1 if the first lines might
have read something like:

"From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauties >Rose< might ever rise..."

Rise to suggest Risely, the best documentary guess at the
pronunciation.  But even so, either approach would not be especially
convincing that either Rose or Rise surely identified the "fair
creature" by making a pun on the name of Wriothesley.

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