The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1678 Saturday, 1 October 2005
From: Bill Arnold <
Date: Thursday, 29 Sep 2005 20:03:21 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 16.1653 Dark Lady et al
Comment: Re: SHK 16.1653 Dark Lady et al
Robert Projansky, "Re the identities of the sonnets' Dark lady and Young
Man, I have a little experience in such identity research, although it
was pretty far a field...So, did the Young Man in her poem ever exist?
I have no idea, but imagine trying to find out in 2405 who he was."
From a scholar's point of view, it depends upon how famous the author
becomes and (a) what's in her poem which identifies the Young Man and
(b) if there is corollary evidence out there scholars care to dig
through and dish up the dirt they find. Having worked in journalism,
for a few newspapers and tabloids, and having written a book delving
into your question only about who was The Master behind the poems of
Emily Dickinson, I can say that trying to establish autobiographical
links in an author's work is an art and not a science, and it varies
from case to case just as in law. In the case of Will Shakespeare, we
have evidence here on SHAKSPER that the question is open and much in debate.
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