Willobie His Avisa


Avisa "The Bird Not Seen"

Hadrian Dorell : Anagram for Richard Barnfield

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Hadrian Dorell : Anagram for Richard Barnfield
Hadrian Dorell is the pseudonym for the editor of Willobie his Avisa who is... Richard Barnfield Richard Barnfield anagram ..... hadRian d rrel . I am not entirely certain what Dorell refers to but It is very obvious why the name Hadrian has been chosen. Hadrian was a Roman emperor who had a great love for a youth known as Antinous and wrote much love poetry to this particular youth who died and was lost to Hadrian who fell into a deep depression. We also remember that Antinous was the chief suitor of Penelope from the Penelope myth of Homer. We now see that the name Hadrian has direct bearings on the text of Willobie his Avisa and It becomes easy to see why Richard Barnfield has chosen this name . The author Hadian Dorell ( Richard Barnfield ) has a deep love for a beautiful young man Antinous ( Wriothesley) who is a suitor of Penelope ( Rich). Dorell is more difficult to explain , it may be a combination of Dore ( meaning Gold) and El ( The old testament name for God) In which case Hadrian Dorell Translates to Hadrian's Golden God. We know that Following the death of Antinous Hadrian made him a god and started a cult that worshiped golden statues of Antinous. Hadrian Dorell is likely a name that implies Barnfield's own homosexual desire for his own god like H.W. ( Henry Wriothesley). Barnfield tended to pick pseudonyms that were not anagrams of his own name but rather were names that reflected his own character.
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