Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 186. Thursday, 30 July 1992.
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 1992, 13:14:32 PDT
Subject: RE: More on the Sonnets
Comment: SHK 3.0185 RE: More on the Sonnets
HU> Critics have wanted to anchor or explain evaluations by
HU> supplying identities, but Shakespeare seems likely to have
HU> wanted to tease us into recognizing how, generally speaking,
HU> contingencies of value undermine certainties of
I doubt the Bard had any notion at all about teasing us, because we're stealing
a base to presume he intended the publication of the Sonnets at all. He didn't
participate in the 1609 registering or imprinting, and they seem to have
quickly disappeared as if suppressed. It has been suggested that the nature of
the relationships described was much more - peculiar, and the identities of the
characters much better known, at the time of publication than later became the
case, and so the Sonnets were of the nature perhaps more of the tabloid than
the purely poetic...