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Analysis: Trivia

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Will the Real W.H. Please Step Forward? For centuries, readers of Shakespeare’s Sonnets have been scratching their heads over the book’s dedication, written from Thomas Thorpe, the publisher, to a "Mr. W. H." Who the heck is "Mr. W. H."? And is he the same person as the young man who is addressed by the speaker in Sonnets 1-126? Nobody knows, and the mystery endures. (Source.)

Burgess is on the Case. The English novelist Anthony Burgess, best-known as the author of A Clockwork Orange, also wrote a novel about Shakespeare’s love-life, in which he used his imagination to "uncover" the true identity of Shakespeare’s "Dark Lady," who critics think is the unfaithful beloved of Sonnet 137. (Source)

Plagues = Bad. Shakespeare would have been particularly sensitive when mentioning any sort of "plague." In 1593, an outbreak of the plague (the deadlier, non-STD kind) meant that this theaters had to close. (Source.)

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