The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1332  Wednesday, 17 August 2005

From:           Richard Kennedy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 16 Aug 2005 16:02:54 -0700
Subject:        Gender Question

The "prick" in Sonnet 20 is of a puzzling gender. Barnebe Barnes also
seems to be messing with gender in this poem from his "Parthenophil and
Parthenophe," 1593


After AURORA's blush the sun arose
             And spread his beams !
             With whose clear gleams
     My prickless rosebud veils his purple leaves !
In whose sweet folds Morning did pearls enclose,
Where sun his beams in orb-like circle weaves,
     And then, t'enrich, stole those
Nature's beauty, PHOEBUS' virtue, Love's incense;
Whose favour, sap, and savour, my sense reaves.
     My Muse had these for themes:
They, to my Muse; my Muse to them, defence.

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