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Sonnet 76
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1796  Tuesday, 25 October 2005

[1] 	From: 	Lysbeth Benkert-Rasmussen <
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	Date: 	Friday, 21 Oct 2005 09:53:02 -0500
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 16.1778 Sonnet 76

[2] 	From: 	Bob Grumman <
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	Date: 	Friday, 21 Oct 2005 15:49:24 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1785 Sonnet 76


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From: 		Lysbeth Benkert-Rasmussen <
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Date: 		Friday, 21 Oct 2005 09:53:02 -0500
Subject: 16.1778 Sonnet 76
Comment: 	RE: SHK 16.1778 Sonnet 76

Bob Projansky writes:

  >Ben Alexander asks what does Sonnet 76 mean at line 7:
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  >"That euery word doth almost fel my name,"

Why does everybody seem to believe that's "tell"?

On the other hand, if the word is "tell" it could refer to the sound of 
a clock "telling" the time.  In that way, the speaker of the poem is 
once again making reference to his age and his fear that as he ages, he 
really is losing his creative abilities (and really is just writing the 
same thing over and over).

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From: 		Bob Grumman <
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Date: 		Friday, 21 Oct 2005 15:49:24 -0400
Subject: 16.1785 Sonnet 76
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1785 Sonnet 76

William Sutton <
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 >So by your standards then Bob we can take all those s's and f's
 >from sonnet number one, eg line 6....flame with selfe substantiall
 >fewell, and make ONLY 'selse substantiall sewell'?

William, I'd say use common sense.  There ARE typos in the sonnets.  And 
"tell" makes much more sense that "fell" or "sell."  "Spell" is a better 
guess, just not as good as "tell," in my view.

But I was going by the line the original poster wanted explained--he had 
changed it to the standard one with "tell" in it.

--Bob G.

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