Shakespeare, 'A Lover's Complaint', and John Davies of Hereford

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Cambridge University Press, 11 sty 2007 - 329
When Shakespeare's Sonnets were published in 1609 a poem called A Lover's Complaint was included by the publisher, Thomas Thorpe, who was notorious for several irregular publications. Many scholars have doubted its authenticity, but recent editions of the Sonnets have accepted it as Shakespeare's work. Now Vickers, in this text, the first full study of the poem, shows it to be un-Shakespearian both in its language and in its attitude to women. It is awkwardly constructed and uses archaic Spenserian diction, including many unusual words that never occur in Shakespeare. It frequently repeats stock phrases and rhymes, distorts normal word order far more often and more clumsily than Shakespeare did, while its attitude to female frailty is moralizing and misogynistic. By close analysis Vickers attributes the poem to John Davies of Hereford (1565-1618), a famous calligrapher and writing-master who was also a prolific poet. Vickers' book will re-define the Shakespeare canon.
 

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Front Cover
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Thomas Thorpe and the 1609 Sonnets
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a life of writing
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i
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Through precisenesse of the Chaplaines allowed to allowe Bookes but
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iii
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subsequently Baron Herbert of Cherbury to whom he addressed an
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A Lovers Complaint and Spenserian pastoral
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In this list we have to note the recurrence of
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Table 56 Antithetical compounds
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If Alfred Harts pronouncements on Shakespeares unique or special
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Work
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rhetoric
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COMPOSITIO
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Sometimes the inversions become really awkward spreading over two
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verse form
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narration and judgement
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yea and that
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Sad end quoth he of life intemperate
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By not having learned from others harms Rosamond has negated
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the rival claims
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Table 516 Rhymes in A Lovers Complaint also found in
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A Lovers Complaint in John Daviess canon
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Table 61 Unique words in A Lovers Complaint and Shakespeares
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poetic diction
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Table 63 Frequency of the word all in A Lovers
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Brian Vickers is Distinguished Senior Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, London University.

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