Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happy Birthday, Edward

Today in 1550, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was born.

He didn't write Shakespeare, but he did write plays and poems, and here's one:

Were I a king, I could command content;
Were I obscure, unknown should be my cares,
And were I dead, no thought should me torment,
Nor words, nor wrongs, nor loves, nor hopes, nor fears;
A doubtful choice, of these things one to crave,
A kingdom, or a cottage, or a grave..

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At 11:45 AM, April 12, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Oops, I read the first line with the following syllable emphasized:

Were I a king, I could command CON-tent

(Heck, in this cyber-era it DOES make a certain kind of sense!)

At 8:32 PM, April 12, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

omigosh. maybe Oxford was a time traveler and he DID write Shakespeare because he wrote some plays later in time before he went earlier and died?

It makes as much sense as the real oxfordians (how delightfully apt that - although it's pronounced LOHN-ee - their founder spelled his names Looney) do...

(But really, the scansion would be all wrong for CONtent, no?)

At 11:08 PM, April 12, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

You are, of course, correct about the scansion! (Ya like that meter?)


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