The Puzzling Life of Edward de Vere
Political Allegory in Venus and Adonis
I intended this to be a short essay on political and historic references apparent in Venus and Adonis. As I progressed, it became obvious that the entire poem is consistently and coherently of that single purpose. In these essays and spreadsheets, I propose a new method of reading Shakespeare’s non-dramatic poetry that recognizes his desire to eliminate figurative interpretation and replace it with literal meaning. This is achieved by contextual and semantical ‘sleight of hand’; by changing context, meaning is transposed through the wonder of polysemy. I believe he developed this ‘process’ in order to communicate his readiness to lead the oppressed religious majority of Britain. Applying this method to the most difficult passages in Shakespeare confirms this clear and simple design.
If you are new to the question of Shake-speare authorship, my effort in this arcane matter is not a good place to begin, and I refer you to any of many excellent books on the subject. To understand my argument you will need a familiarity with the works of Shake-speare, Lyly, and Griffin, and also of Tudor history 1520-1604. If, on the other hand, you already suspect there is more than imaginative genius manifest in the plays and poetry, read on.
This is a work in progress; it has not been proof read, nor edited, and I apologize for obvious errors. Though incomplete, the trajectory is unmistakable. I am distributing the first third now, because of the impending release of Anonymous, a film on the authorship of Shake-speare that I understand contains misreadings of de Vere’s life – but not to worry, the story as the author tells it himself is sensational enough. I make no claims of accuracy in interpreting the thoughts of a writer dead for 400 years; I’m sure there are many points that will be clarified on closer examination. The author, however, is explicit in his desire to identify himself, to lay claim to the greatest literary canon in the English language, and to be completely understood.
Main essay: V&A -O,16,12 pdf 136,463 . New update 5/17/14 ‘Ben Jonson’s Memory’.
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