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The Genius of Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1012  Thursday, 26 May 2005

[1]     From:   David Basch <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 25 May 2005 10:17:19 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0988 The Genius of Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Alex Went <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 25 May 2005 16:24:49 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0999 The Genius of Shakespeare

[3]     From:   Markus Marti <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 25 May 2005 17:46:40 +0200
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0999 The Genius of Shakespeare


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From:           David Basch <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 May 2005 10:17:19 -0400
Subject: 16.0988 The Genius of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0988 The Genius of Shakespeare

I thank Robin Hamilton for commenting on my findings in Sonnet 148 of
embedment and equal letter skip devices of the Shakespeare's name W-I-L-L.

If he is, as he says, "consumed with admiration for the Bard," his
admiration is well placed. Not only did the poet conceive the poems of
the Sonnets but he also worked with the printers to arrange their
formats on the page, including the alignments and even some of the
alleged "mistakes," which turn out not to be mistakes after all.

This is telltale of the methods the poet used and the lengths he went to
present his message and shows a close relationship with the printers and
attention to the details of the output of his text. The idea that the
poet only wrote the manuscript of his Sonnets and left everything else
to others is shown to be mistaken.

While the substance of what he presents in Sonnet 148 is not new since
the Sonnets were already identified with his name clearly indicated on
every page, the fact that he used the devices found is of enormous
importance and is the gateway to additional findings that are novel and
of great substance. We can even appreciate why there are the many
alleged misspellings in the Sonnets, needed to create equal letter skip
counts, a device that he can be shown to have resorted to.

Here is a view of full Sonnet 148 with the Equal Letter Skips of 142 and
-146 marked, spelling out W-I-L-L, followed by extractions of SOME of
the vertical and diagonal alignments in Sonnet 148:

                    148

    O Me ! what eyes hath loue put in my head,
                          ^
Which haue no correspondence with true sight,
                              =
Or if they haue,where is my iudgment fled,
                                       ^
That censures falsely what they see aright ?

If that be faire whereon my false eyes dote,

What meanes the world to say it is not so ?
                                 =
If it be not,then loue doth well denote,

Loues eye is not so true as all mens:no,

How can it? O how can loues eye be true,

That is so vext with watching and with teares?
                  ^
No maruaile then though I mistake my view,
          =
The sunne it selfe sees not,till heauen cleeres.

    O cunning loue,with teares thou keepst me blinde,

    Least eyes well seeing thy foule faults should finde.
               ^                                =

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                     148
                ------------
       __
      /  \   Me !
      \__/                                   wi
                                    y         l
                        ely w          ey
      I                                  l
      W                                 y
      I                               w
      L

                                                eare
                                        ake     i
                   selfe               h        eere
                    l                 s         p
                    w                           s

Imagine, the poet had to conceive of his poem and at the same time
visualize how it would be presented in print and, after preliminary
proofs were made, how words would have needed to be changed and adapted
to create the aligned configurations without missing a rhythmic beat.
Here is genius and perspiration.

David Basch

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From:           Alex Went <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 May 2005 16:24:49 +0100
Subject: 16.0999 The Genius of Shakespeare
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0999 The Genius of Shakespeare

Sonnet 148...Can anyone explain the business of equal letter spacing?
I'm not sure I can see the names - and I can certainly not detect the
'full names'. There is a near-acrostic 'WIL' - but that seems scanty
evidence for the kind of concealed-identity puzzles claimed in this
correspondence.

Alex Went

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From:           Markus Marti <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 May 2005 17:46:40 +0200
Subject: 16.0999 The Genius of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0999 The Genius of Shakespeare

I don't get this. What is meant by "vertical alignments"? An acrostic?

That should finally solve the question about Shakespeare's identity. I
had a look at sonnet 148, and indeed: His real name was Owotiwilhtntol.
No wonder that he changed it, his nom-de-plume "Shakespeare" sounds much
better.

Markus Marti

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