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      So a tete a tete is a private conversation between two people. In this case between me and you. Me the writer and you the reader. Not unlike Shakespeare’s Sonnet 117; Shakespeare is the writer and Henry 3rd Earl of Southampton is the reader. Or Henry is the guy Shakespeare is talking to when he writes Sonnet 117. Shakespeare’s Sonnet 117 offers a…[Read more]


    The ideal PMLA essay exemplifies the best of its kind, whatever the kind; addresses a significant problem; draws out clearly the implications of its findings; and engages the attention of its audience through a precise, readable presentation. A significant problem Shakespeare has is an influence of his father’s religion on him; and on his work. And upon the work of his rival poet.


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    So, rattling and rummaging around about the attic that is in a former house in North Jersey, by chance I happen to find a book that took note of the fact that Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” was staid in August of 1600. At some point the question becomes whether or no the fact that Shakespeare’s clown Phebe talks to Marlowe in aside is not unrelated to the issue of the play having been staid awhile.  The question becomes who are “you” and what is “It” in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”? I find Sonnet 80 is Shakespeare telling Henry Wriothesley Marlowe spends all his might to make me tongue tied speaking of your fame. But then in Sonnet 81, Shakespeare says:

    Your monument shall be my gentle verse,
    Which eyes not yet created shall o’er-read,
    And tongues to be your being shall rehearse,
    When all the breathers of this world are dead.
    You still shall live, such virtue hath my pen,
    Where breath most breathes, even in the mouths of men.

    And that is not unrelated to Shakespeare’s appeal in Sonnet 117:

    Bring me within the level of your frown, But shoot not at me in your waken’d hate, Since my appeal says I did strive to prove the constancy and vertue of your love.

    Evidently when Marlowe spent all his might to make Shakespeare tongue-tied quite the opposite happened. Sonnet 117 speaks to Henry with remembrance of Marlowe’s “great reckoning in a little room” or we might say Marlowe’s great account of the reckoning of Hero the fair wherein Hero comes within the level of Leander’s frown and he shoots a force within him into her and it makes her study how to die not unlike when Hamlet frowns upon Ophelia: “O woe is me to have seen, What I have seen, to see what I see!”

    Of interest is “As You Like It” breathed abroad in the Ardennes, not Arden as a comic view of “It” verses a tragic view of “It” in “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” breathed abroad that is not without righteousness.


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