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Sonnet 89
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1415  Tuesday, 13 July 2004

From:           Stephen C. Rose <
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Date:           Monday, 12 Jul 2004 06:34:37 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Sonnet 89

Does any evidence for Shakespeare's lameness exist?

In Sonnet 89, he speaks of "my lameness" and of being "absent from thy
walks".

It could refer to a temporary condition, since his detractors might have
noted it otherwise.

The byways of London were probably at least as hostile to brittle bones
as the uneven sidewalks of New York are today.

Stephen Rose,
NYC

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