The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0439 Thursday, 11 May 2006
Date: Wednesday, 10 May 2006 13:15:02 -0400
Subject: Faith Youth
Can someone on the list elaborate a bit on the connection with William
Herbert and the fair youth? It seems that he is the prevailing candidate
these days, but I don't see how this can be on two different fronts.
One, what is the connection between WS and the Herberts during his
lifetime? Other than the posthumous dedication of the First Folio to
William Herbert, I can't seem to locate any connection between WS and
Herbert to warrant such a close relationship. Second, is the dating of
the earliest sonnets. Love's Labours Lost (c1594) has one of the
strongest connections to the sonnet cycle. If we are to assume that
there is a biographical backstory to them and Rosaline is a
representation of the Dark Lady, most of the "Dark Lady" sonnets would
have played out before writing LLL, possibly 1592-93. Herbert was
between 12 to 14 at the time. Wouldn't he have been too young at this
point to have been the recipient, especially with the first seventeen
begging him to marry? Any elaboration is greatly appreciated.
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