The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1423 Tuesday, 30 August 2005
Date: Monday, 29 Aug 2005 17:14:28 +0200
Subject: 16.1419 Ine Eye
Comment: Re: SHK 16.1419 Ine Eye
Interesting, what Avid Ash with his inner eye can do. Just drop the
first letter, and a lot of sonnets become much clearer. Shakespeare, we
know now, was obsessed with poultry:
88: "Hen thou shalt be!" (Probably one of God's words on the 5th day of
creation - consider also
106: "Hen in the chronicle of wasted time"!)
Does the hen-cock in sonnet 12 not remind us of the master mistress in
sonnet 20: "Hen I do count the c[l]ock that tells the time"!
29: "Hen in disgrace with fortune and men's grace",
30: "Hen to the Sessions of sweet silent thought"
There are a lot more chicken around, and quite some hats, too. But what
is really remarkable: Nobody has yet found out that sonnet 18 is a
homoerotic address to the poet's son-in-law: "Hall, I compare thee to a
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