The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1332 Wednesday, 17 August 2005
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
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.