Frazer, Robert The Silent Shakespeare

ISBN 13: 9780217371384

The Silent Shakespeare

9780217371384: The Silent Shakespeare

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ... name is proclaimed in Sonnets 72 and 76. "My name be buried where my body is And live no more to shame nor me nor you. Why write I still all one, ever the same And keep invention in a noted weed That every word doth almost tell my name." "Invention" meaning his compositions, and "weed" a garment or cloak, as the word is used in Sonnet 2. The meaning still survives in our phrase, widow's weeds! So, when we read of "Shakespeare's sugred Sonnets" we understand that Shakespeare is a pseudonym, made noted by the success of Venus and of Lucrece. The passionate love for young men expressed in the Sonnets accords very well with Bacon's character, for like his master, James I, By the Grace of God King of England, &c., he has been charged with the vice of an erotic fancy for young men. And both Southampton and Pembroke were notoriously licentious. The "rival poet" of Sonnets 80-86 has been plausibly identified with George Chapman, and the "proud full sail of his great verse." Chapman is known to have sought Southampton's patronage in 1596-7 for his translation of the Iliad. A rather showy identification has been conceived by Judge Stotsenburg of Sir Philip Sidney as the author of the Sonnets; of Lady Penelope Rich, for whom Sidney had a fancy, as the Dark Lady; and of Sir Edward Dyer, Sidney's friend, as the friend of the Sonnets. But it is based upon a misapprehension of the line in Sonnet 20; "A man in hue, all hues in his controlling." Naturally, a dyer has all hues in his controlling, but hue, formerly spelled hew, and from the anglo saxon hiw, means form, not color, and is so used elsewhere in the Sonnets. Thus in Sonnet 82; "As fair in knowledge as in hue." And in Sonnet 104; "So your sweet hew, which methinks still doth stand Hath motion." In these...

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