Willobie His Avisa

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A' visa the bird not seen.

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A' visa  the bird not seen.
The naming of Avisa is very subtle. In the epistle to the reader the author introduces us to four chaste women Lucreece Penelope Susanah and Avisa , the author remarks that something is wrong with one of these women then conjoins two phrases to show that Avisa is a composite name being made by the conjoining of Lucres-Avis and Avi -Susan. This is the device that shows us how the name Avisa has been formed and we can see that 3 of the 4 birds have been accounted for in this device namely Avis Susan, Lucres-Avis and Avisa. The bird NOT seen in this device is Penelope . What this is telling us is that the author is singling out Penelope as being an unchaste woman. A' visa is latin for not seen Avis Latin for bird - The name Avisa is a constant reminder of the bird / woman not seen in the device who we know is Penelope. It is Penelope who this libel is really about. Avisa is referred to as a hawk or an Eagle these are both predatory birds not normally associated with chastity .
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