The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1063  Wednesday, 29 November 2006

From:         Sid Lubow <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         Tuesday, 28 Nov 2006 17:26:12 EST
Subject:     Sonnet 146, posed by Peter Bridgman

Peter, you must learn never to ask "false questions".

Let me illustrate what I am striving to say, after one answers your 
question in clear language, listen to those who know much more about 
what the Bard was trying to teach you according to their finest scholars.

Paul de Man quote by Howard Felperin

"This rehabilitation of the residual subject, of the ghost in the 
machine of language, is already implicit not only in the contextualist 
poststructuralism  of Foucault, but in textualist poststructurualism  as 
well.  For like Foucault, Paul de Man is sceptical of the capacity of  
structuralist and poststructuraist analysis of writing ever to do away 
with the need for an authorial subject, and expresses this scepticism in 
terms of the ancient-some would say anachronistic- concept of "voice"

But even if we free ourselves of all false questions of intent and 
rightfully reduce the narrator to the status of a mere grammatical 
pronoun, without which the narrative could not come into being, this 
subject remains endowed with a function that is not grammatical but 
rhetorical, in that it gives voice, so to speak, to a grammitical 
syntagm.  The term voice, even when used in a grammatical terminology as 
when we speak of the passive or interrogative voice, is, of course, a 
metaphor inferring by analogy the intent of the subject from the 
structure of the predicate (Allogories of Reading)"

That should explain that what you are trying to learn about sonnet 146, 
it is simply, a 'false question."

I hope that clears the matter up about your question about sonnet 146.  
This probably should end this thread about sonnet 146.  I am sure our 
editor will agree.   We know what we have to know.

Sid Lubow

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