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Sonnet 89
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1511  Wednesday, 11 August 2004

From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Aug 2004 07:10:47 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 15.1500 Sonnet 89
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1500 Sonnet 89

Stephen C. Rose writes, "My personal use of the sonnet form suggests to
me that it is quite likely to evoke autobiographical material. Auden and
others notwithstanding."

OK: I am pleased you write sonnets, as do I, and in my case, at least so
far as I have written some, they are mind-constructs unrelated to
biography.  Which is not to say anything about what Will S. did, now is it?

OK: there are at least five sonnets in which Will S.  makes clear and
unmistakable references to the *I* of the poem as being Will, himself.
I cannot speak to that pattern being authorially directed throughout all
the sonnets, nor can anyone deny it either.

OK: inasmuch as we have *some* evidence in the sonnets by Will. S. of
his authorial intent to construct them autobiographically, does it not
behoove scholars to consider the fuller question?

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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