The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0488  Saturday, 28 July 2007

From: 		Sid Lubow <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Monday, 23 Jul 2007 12:07:24 EDT
Subject: 	Brian Vickers and A Lover's Complaint

Ben Alexander, you asked, "Has anyone considered that A Lover's 
Complaint is the prequel" to the Sonnets?"

Ben, please note that what has sparked my ire, is that Jonathan Bate 
does not realize that A Lover's Complaint IS the Prologue to the 
Sonnets. He and Eric Rasmussen agreed with Brian Vickers and trashed it 
out of his, and RSC's, William Shakespeare   COMPLETE WORKS.  It might 
interest you to study the Sonnets' epilogue, The Phoenix and Turtle, 
(and I realize that it was printed in 1599, ten years before the 1609 
Sonnets which should spark your thinking as to why that inconsistency 
occurred) wherein the Crow, (the treble-dated dark lady) with jealousy, 
was the one who wooed away his narcissistic "next self" of sonnet 133.6. 
She mourns the young man who seduced her at the funeral of the Doves, 
the two lovebirds of the Sonnets. P&T's "Single nature's double name", 
the alter ego, none other than the new Narcissus' love, the other 
double-named, "Master Mistress" of the Sonnets, the doppelganger. The 
"next self," whose face appears on the neck of the dark lady in sonnet 
131.11, as the "one on another's neck." The man with a "woman's face" of 
sonnet 20.1. that appears, very appropriately, on the neck of another 
woman wearing a black robe the Muse of ALC, whom he hated, which finally 
cured the narcissist of his hubris, giving him "eyes to blindness."

Sid Lubow

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