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Shakespeare's sonnets are as abstract as musical pieces. So, interpreting them in terms of any concrete events of Shakespeare's life is completely meaningless.

It is exactly like mapping the fragrments of Mozart's music to the events of Mozart's life.

I have read THE MONUMENT and find Whittemore's analysis to be convincing and compelling. To wave one's hand and breezily say 'the Sonnets are as abstract as musical pieces' is lazy ignorance disguised as superiority.

To wave one's hand and breezily say 'the Sonnets are as abstract as musical pieces' is lazy ignorance disguised as superiority.

I am sorry, but that's just simple observation on the Sonnet #81 posted above. Knowing that Shakespeare was a playwright, it makes lots of sense to conclude that "I" and "you" do not mean "I, Shakespeare" and some Shakespeare's lover. In a dramatic monolgue, "I" means just some fictional character.

What really matters is that Shakespeare lived in a very turbulent time, between 2 major civil conflicts. This explains why we don't have much info on his biography.

It was politically unsafe for people to be recognized in his plays and poems, so lots of evidence was intentionally destroyed, Shakespeare himself was pretty cryptic.

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