• A new candidate for the ‘Young Man’ of Shakespeare’s Sonnets

    Author(s):
    John Peachman (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Shakespeare
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://hcommons.org/deposits/item/hc:14453/
    Abstract:
    Despite unprecedented efforts by scholars to identify the young man who appears to be the main addressee of Sonnets 1-126 in Shakespeare’s 1609 Sonnets, there is still no consensus on his identity. The favoured candidates for this honour have long been two members of the nobility, Henry Wriothesley (the 3rd Earl of Southampton) and William Herbert (the 3rd Earl of Pembroke). However, significant advances in stylometric analysis of Shakespeare’s work now point to a start date for Sonnets 1-126 that suggests that Shakespeare’s Young Man might not have been either of those earls, but instead a young law student at one of the Inns of Court. This paper looks at possible connections between this young man’s life and Sonnets, with particular emphasis on the so-called ‘Rival Poet’ and ‘Dark Lady’ sonnets.
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