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Biography in the Sonnets

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0318  Thursday, 1 December 2011

 

[1] From:         Duncan Salkeld < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         November 29, 2011 5:03:14 PM EST

     Subject:      Bio in Sonnets

 

[2] From:         John W Kennedy < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         November 29, 2011 6:43:48 PM EST

     Subject:      Bio in Sonnets

 

[3] From:         Ian Steere < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         December 1, 2011 4:15:19 AM EST

     Subject:      Biography in the Sonnets 

 

 

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From:         Duncan Salkeld < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         November 29, 2011 5:03:14 PM EST

Subject:      Bio in Sonnets

 

Brian Nugent wrote, 'Personally I think any references to 'mistress' would have to be Queen Elizabeth because throughout his works he was always careful with correct, polite, aristocratic terminology and that would be it for 'mistress' 

 

Dear, oh dear! But, if Brian is any relation to Ted Nugent, I forgive him,

 

Duncan Salkeld

 

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From:         John W Kennedy < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         November 29, 2011 6:43:48 PM EST

Subject:      Bio in Sonnets

 

And here we see why trying to extract biography from the Sonnets is futile; it invariably leads to mares' nests of mutually incompatible fancies. He was Roman Catholic. He was Protestant. He was homosexual. He was heterosexual. He was Irish. He was Italian. He was German.

 

It is jolly fun to lie supine in the grass and look for shapes in the clouds. It is madness to look for meaning therein.

 

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From:         Ian Steere < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         December 1, 2011 4:15:19 AM EST

Subject:      Biography in the Sonnets

 

My article has a central theme. It is that William of Stratford had significant intercourse with his patron, Henry Wriothesley. Much of the intercourse took the form of private sonnets, which were subsequently published outside the control of the pair.

 

This construction is founded on many pillars, complete with reinforcing arches. Much of the structure is newly exposed and worthy of attention in its own right. Overall it is, I think, unusually robust. However, it should be put to the test.

 

Brian Nugent has taken a fleeting glance at one pillar and then, without even giving it a tap, has beckoned us over the horizon.

 

However, before we remove to Irish towers or anywhere else, may we first give this newly restored Southampton villa a good Shake?

 

Ian Steere

 
 

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