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A Discovery



The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0121  Monday, 13 June 2011

[1] From:         Ian Steere < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
     Date:         June 13, 2011 6:59:20 AM EDT
     Subj:         A Discovery

[2] From:         Pete McCluskey < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
     Date:         June 13, 2011 10:06:36 AM EDT
     Subj:         A Discovery


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From:         Ian Steere < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         June 13, 2011 6:59:20 AM EDT
Subject:     A Discovery

In his note of 10th June, Mark Fenton suggests that Sonnet 107 was intended by Shakespeare to refer to events in 1588. However, he provides no evidence of this, other than a speculative association with Chettle's phrase "touching those accidents", which he takes to refer to the attempted invasion of England by the Spanish Armada.

This phrase occurs within a composition of 1603, which covers events during the whole of Elizabeth's reign and the word "accidents" then meant "occurrences", fortuitous or otherwise. Consequently, more evidence is needed to support the interpretation offered. Mark says he has other discoveries which link Sonnet 107 to the year 1588, and it would be interesting to hear the substance of these.

Ian Steere

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From:         Pete McCluskey < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         June 13, 2011 10:06:36 AM EDT
Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Sunday 12 June 2011

Ward Elliot's musings about the meter of embedded songs remind me of the old blues tune "I-5 Blues" by Branded Thumb Jonson:

Well I woke up this morning,
And my iambs were all gone--
Yes, I woke up this morning…
Oh damn! I think they fell behind the couch!

Pete McCluskey
Associate Professor
English Department, Box 70
Middle Tennessee State University

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