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Michael Mooten

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Reply Matt
6:57 AM on April 10, 2018 
Hi Michael,

I found your essay fascinating. Do you have any notes/ bibliography for further reading? If not, which books did you consult regarding Penelope and Blount's relationship, especially when Blount was out of the country? Looking forward to reading more.

Reply Mike Gordon
8:45 PM on February 7, 2011 
I suspect this is also a reference to Roger Manners, 5th Earl of Rutland.
Reply Michael Mooten
9:55 PM on November 29, 2010 
" Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan,
For that deep wound it gives my friend and me,
Is't not enough to torture me alone,
But slave to slavery my sweet friend must be"
William Shakespeare sonnet 133
In the Poem Willobie His Avisa , Avisa is shown to make both W.S. and H.W. miserable. This is echoed in Shakespeare's sonnets.
Reply Michael Mooten
10:37 PM on November 28, 2010 
"That rich fool , who by blind fortunes lot
The richest gem of love and life enjoys "
Sir Philip Sidney Astrophil and Stella sonnet 24
Sidney bemoans Robert Rich's marriage to Penelope Rich note Shakespeare's identical usage of the term Richest gem in his own Sonnet 21.
Reply Michael Mooten
7:44 PM on November 25, 2010 
Making a couplement of proud compare
With sun and moon
With earth and sea's rich gems.
William Shakespeare sonnet 21
Reply Michael Mooten
7:42 PM on November 25, 2010 
So is it not with me as with that muse
Stirred by a painted beauty to his verse
William Shakespeare sonnet 21
( Shakespeare is writing about being profoundly influenced by the muse of Sir Philip Sidney's verse) Notice that Shakespeare is writing about Penelope Rich at an Early stage in the sonnets.
Reply Michael Mooten
4:47 AM on October 21, 2010 
Was it his spirit ,by spirits taught to write
Above a mortal pitch that struck me dead ?
William Shakespeare Sonnet 86
Reply Michael Mooten
4:45 AM on October 21, 2010 
Was it the proud full sail of his great verse,
Bound for the prize of all too precious you,
William Shakespeare sonnet 86
Reply Michael Mooten
4:43 AM on October 21, 2010 
Let him but copy what in you is writ,
Not making worse what nature made so clear
And such a counterpart shall fame his wit,
Making his style admired everywhere
William Shakespeare sonnet 84
Reply Michael Mooten
4:36 AM on October 21, 2010 
O, how I faint when I of you do write'
Knowing a better spirit doth use your name,
And in the praise thereof spends all his might
William Shakespeare sonnet 80
Reply Michael Mooten
4:33 AM on October 21, 2010 
Therefore my mistress` eyes are raven black
William Shakespeare sonnet 127
Reply Michael Mooten
1:38 PM on October 20, 2010 
Thy love is better than high birth to me
Richer than wealth
William Shakespeare sonnet 91
Reply Michael Mooten
3:29 PM on October 9, 2010 
There lives more life in one of your fair eyes
Than both your poets can in praise devise.
William Shakespeare sonnet 83
Reply Michael Mooten
3:21 PM on October 9, 2010 
My tongue - tied muse in manners holds her still,
While comments of your praise richly compiled,
Reserve their character with golden quill
William Shakespeare sonnet 85
Reply Michael Mooten
3:15 PM on October 9, 2010 
Who is it that says most ? which can say more
Than this rich praise,- that you alone are you?
William Shakespeare Sonnet 84
Reply Michael Mooten
2:58 PM on October 9, 2010 
Thine eyes I love, and they,as pitying me,
Knowing thy heart torments me with disdain,
Have put on black, and loving mourners be.
William Shakespeare Sonnet 132
Reply Michael Mooten
1:47 PM on October 3, 2010 
Learning is but an adjunct to ourself
And where we are our learning likewise is
Then when ourselves we see in ladies eyes,
Do we not likewise see our learning there?
Berowne Loves labour lost