Friday, July 14, 2017

OTI:one poem and notes:7/14/17

Open To Interpretation
Dark Lady

Does now remain when turned away from then?
I had not thought Time was mortal to you,
Or I one of the forlorn forgotten
Your trotting black carriage horses review.

Our eyes, all forward, disobey and glance,
So falling snow can make eyelids quaver.
We heave our chests and maintain our stiff stance
For look and show and our outside braver.

Some foolish when comes to mind, a grin then!
These long rows must stand in Times defiance.
You would giggle to see these solemn men
Shocked at my bold laughing un-reliance.

So dared I to see you forever now
And never again to ordered men bow.


Notes...and today I thought to do up a Shakespearean sonnet to get in the I found a George Clifford 3rd Earl of Cumberland link to Shakespeare...see yesterday's post...and of course the scholars are all over this...the Dark Lady...more on the mark would be Black Girl, girls, two actually, and not as Black as in black skin or complexion or hair, but in...allure, I'd say...through most of Shakespeare's sonnet sequence, he goes on about a young man, but then at Sonnet 127, he shifts to who becomes known as the Dark Lady...much speculation as to who she may have been...for that matter, much speculation of who the heck Shakespeare was...a fine imbroglio for the scholars......I'm fond of the Sonnets, as everyone...tasked with writing a poem for class, I studied iambic pentameter, abab cdcd efef gg rhyme scheme, and how, the difficult part, the stanzas are like two trial lawyers going back and forth, with the last two lines a summation...somewhere I happened on the legal like conceits in Shakespeare's plays, indication scholars think of someone with a formal law school like education...another way to acquire such is to do illegal things!...but one scholar has it that the Dark Lady was not only Shakespeare's muse, but she wrote the plays as well!...that's charming, and is probably true, if one is loose and free with how things are written!...consider Laura Riding and Robert Graves...Freda Kahlo and Diego Rivera...hmmph...more should come to mind...anyway...brb...


Amelia Bassano was born in 1569 into a family of Venetian Jews who were court musicians to Queen Elizabeth I. At about the age of thirteen, she became mistress to the fifty-six-year-old Lord Hunsdon, Henry VIII's reputed son by Mary Boleyn. As Lord Chamberlain, Hunsdon was in charge of the English theatre and would become the patron of the company that performed the Shakespearean plays.


And Aemelia was good friends with George Clifford's estranged wife, Lady Margaret and her daughter Lady Anne, and those two could have written all of Shakespeare's works, and then some!...


Lady Anne Clifford, Countess Dowager of Dorset, Pembroke and Montgomery, suo jure 14th Baroness de Clifford (30 January 1590 – 22 March 1676) [3] was an English peeress. In 1605 she inherited her father's ancient barony by writ and became suo jure 14th Baroness de Clifford. She was a patron of literature and as evidenced by her diary and many letters was a literary personage in her own right. She held the hereditary office of High Sheriff of Westmorland which role she exercised from 1653 to 1676.,_14th_Baroness_de_Clifford


and Lady Ann is a brunette...and my candidate for the Dark Lady!...oh, but it's thought the Dark Lady sonnets were composed in 1590-5...Ann had just been born, Aemilia in her mid twenties...there's that...actually, my guess is that the young man and the dark lady are pastiches, mash ups...writers glue together bits and pieces of everyone to make characters...Shakespeare himself is born in 1564...


One interpretation is that Shakespeare's sonnets are a pastiche or parody of the 300-year-old tradition of Petrarchan love sonnets; Shakespeare consciously inverts conventional gender roles as delineated in Petrarchan sonnets to create a more complex depiction of human love.[31] He plays with gender roles (20), comments on political events (124), makes fun of love (128), speaks openly about sexual desire (129), parodies beauty (130) and even references pornography (151). In a dozen of the sonnets to the youth, Shakespeare also refers to his "disgrace":[32] "My name be buried where my body is / And live no more to shame nor me nor you."


wiki has a nice a sonnet number, add wiki, and the sonnet site is found, and it has a crib for each one...which a modern reader, and 'ear', needs!




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