The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2013 Thursday, 2 November 2000.
Date: Wednesday, 01 Nov 2000 18:10:53 +0000
Subject: 11.2006 Re: Sonnet Suggestion for Analysis
Comment: Re: SHK 11.2006 Re: Sonnet Suggestion for Analysis
Yes Bill, that's an amusing point. The face on my country's coin is
that of Elizabeth Windsor - someone with next to no ability to hurt
anyone. She is a rich, functionless representation of days long gone
and owns neither coins nor stamps. In sonnet 94 Shakespeare was,
perhaps, coyly referring to himself - and curiously, the boy - and all
the other intelligent, talented people he knew. Exactly who? - we can
only guess. But what of the disparaging mention of "others"? Did he
> W. L. Godshalk says
> As to being the lord and owner of one's own face, I like the
> interpretation that reminds us that great folks' faces often appear on
> genuine coin of the realm, and that great folks tend to own a great deal
> of the coin on which is found their own faces.